A Legacy of Contempt

As a former CIA officer awaits retrial, his case tells a cautionary tale about the agency's responsibilities to Congress

CLAIR GEORGE WAS BACK IN WASHington last week, after a Maine vacation where he satisfied his voracious reading habit and worked on his tennis serve. Next month he will be playing for higher stakes as federal prosecutors try to nail him for lying to Congress about the Iran-contra affair. Though the former CIA chief of clandestine operations received a respite three weeks ago when a jury could not reach a verdict on nine counts of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of justice, he now faces a retrial at the hands of special prosecutor Craig Gillen. Just as he did last...

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