Iran-Contra: The Cover-Up Begins to Crack

A former CIA official admits the agency lied about its knowledge of the secret plan to fund the Nicaraguan rebels. Even worse, U.S. spymasters may have been entangled with a notorious criminal enterpr

Until last week the Iran-contra scandal seemed ready to fade from the courts, the news and the mind. After costing more than four years and $25.5 million, the investigation headed by special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh was limping to a close. A federal appeals court had overturned Lieut. Colonel Oliver North's felony conviction, and a retrial seemed unlikely. The same outcome seemed possible for former National Security Adviser John Poindexter's conviction.

Then the scandal roared back to life with a series of stunning developments. They suggested that:

-- Top intelligence officials had engaged in covering up the Reagan Administration's attempts to evade...

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