Consider The Source

In citing Scott Barnes as a key source for his bizarre dirty-tricks charges, Ross Perot described him as a former "contract employee for the CIA." That's an exaggeration. But if Perot is confused about Barnes' real identity, so is Barnes.

The 38-year-old Arizona dress-shop owner first came to the attention of the national press in 1982, when he claimed to have taken part in a covert mission into Laos the previous year. Barnes' story: his team found two American soldiers in a Laotian prison camp but were unable to rescue them. The team radioed the CIA's headquarters, and the agency ordered...

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