Getting in the Way of Good Policy

A U.S. Drug Enforcer In Burma sues his colleagues for scuttling his best efforts to curb trafficking

His reports were mangled, he claims. His home phone was bugged. A valued source was betrayed. During the 14 months he spent in Rangoon, Drug Enforcement Administration agent Richard Horn contends, he was lied to, electronically surveilled and finally kicked out of the country -- not by the Burmese heroin traffickers he was trying to nab but by State Department and CIA officials who thought his antidrug campaign should be played down in favor of other diplomatic interests. Horn, a 23-year DEA veteran now posted to New Orleans, has taken the highly unusual step of suing the acting head of the...

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