July 15, 1991 |
His life, until last week, could have been spun from the pages of a John le Carre novel. Variously described as brilliant, witty, vain, impatient and--above all--brave, Clair George was the consummate spy, an engaging man who was just as familiar with the back alleys of Beirut as with the corridors of power in Washington.
September 6, 1991 |
Iran-Contra prosecutors plan to ask a grand jury today to issue an indictment against retired CIA official Clair E. George that will accuse him of trying to cover up the CIA's role in the Iran-Contra scandal, three sources close to the case said Thursday night. If such an indictment is approved, it likely will say that George concealed his knowledge of the diversion of Iran arms sale profits to the rebels of Nicaragua and hid former White House aide Oliver L.
July 30, 1992 |
A former CIA official wept Wednesday as he testified that Clair E. George, once the agency's third-highest official, successfully recommended him for two agency awards during the period in which, he said, the two men tried to cover up their knowledge of the Iran-Contra affair. The dramatic testimony by Alan D. Fiers demonstrated the high emotions that gripped some officials of the CIA as the Iran-Contra secrets began to unfold.
July 25, 1992 |
Clair E. George, the former CIA covert actions chief accused of lying and obstruction to thwart Iran-Contra investigations, is instead the victim of "a witness who is an admitted liar" and biased inquiries by hypocritical members of Congress, his lawyer said in an opening statement at his trial Friday. But prosecutor Craig A.
July 26, 1992 |
Six years ago, in a large, packed room in Washington, Clair George took his seat at a heavy wooden table in front of John Kerry (D-Mass.). Behind a pair of spectacles, the white-haired, craggy-faced George could have passed for an investment banker or a corporate lawyer, which he almost became. In fact, he was the nation's chief spymaster: deputy director for operations of the Central Intelligence Agency. Seated behind the witness table in the hearing room of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, George listened as Kerry questioned him about the secret--and illegal--flights to resupply the Nicaraguan Contra rebels.
December 10, 1992 |
A federal court jury convicted Clair E. George, the highest-ranking former CIA official charged in the Iran-Contra scandal, on two perjury charges Wednesday. After deliberating for nearly 11 days, the jurors acquitted George of five other charges in his monthlong retrial. A court clerk reading the verdicts aloud announced three consecutive "not guilty" findings before reaching the first "guilty" verdict. George, 62, flinched at the word. The clerk quickly announced a second "guilty."