Win One, Lose One

Iran-contra prosecutors convict Clair George but fail on Poindexter

HE WAS THE FIRST TOP CIA OFFICER CONVICTED OF acts committed in the performance of duty. That alone makes Clair George a big catch for the Iran- contra prosecutors. But after six years and $33 million worth of frustration, his also was a rare conviction that might stick. A jury convicted the former chief of the CIA's spy network on two charges of lying to Congress (he was acquitted on five perjury counts). He could be sent to jail for 10 years, though it is unlikely he will ever go behind bars. Still, independent counsel Lawrence Walsh called his conviction "an...

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