WASHINGTON — The congressional Iran- contra committees questioned former CIA Costa Rica station chief Joe Fernandez in closely guarded secrecy today on his role in aiding Nicaraguan rebels during a two-year ban on U.S. government military assistance.
One committee member, Rep. Henry J. Hyde ( R-Ill.) said Fernandez generally confirmed testimony by former Ambassador Lewis A. Tambs on Thursday that officials in Washington ordered assistance for the contra rebels during the congressional ban. (Story, Page 12.)
Fernandez, referred to in previous testimony at the Iran-contra hearings under his alias of Tomas Castillo, was the CIA station chief in Costa Rica during the two-year congressional ban on U.S. military aid to the rebels.
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Sen. William S. Cohen (R-Me.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a member of the Senate Iran-contra panel, said Fernandez was asked "what his actions were, what his instructions were, who he reported to."