August 12, 1992 |
A federal judge Tuesday ordered CIA Director Robert M. Gates to testify for the defense at the perjury and obstruction trial of former CIA spy chief Clair E. George, declaring: "Mr. Gates is up to his eyeballs in his knowledge of this subject." Justice Department lawyers had argued on behalf of the CIA that there was no "sound basis" for subpoenaing Gates. But U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth disagreed, saying that "what Mr. Gates knew can be very critical to Mr. George's defense."
August 5, 1992 |
A former CIA operative who coordinated arms shipments to the Nicaraguan Contras testified Tuesday that he changed his mind about leaving Central America after a 1986 meeting in the office of then-Vice President George Bush. The testimony by CIA operative Felix Rodriguez, which came at the perjury and obstruction trial of former CIA spy chief Clair E. George, did not implicate Bush because Rodriguez said the secret 1986 efforts to supply the Contras were not discussed in Bush's presence.
May 10, 1992
Israel Galeano, 38, a former leader of the Nicaraguan Contra rebels who was known as Comandante Franklin. Galeano at one point was chief of staff for the U.S.-backed rebels who battled the leftist Sandinista government of Nicaragua through most of the 1980s. The civil war ended with President Violeta Chamorro's 1990 election victory over the Sandinistas.
November 17, 1991 |
As part of their defense strategy, attorneys for former Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega hope to convince jurors at his federal court trial that their client was a good friend and ally of the United States.
June 23, 1990 |
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord, a key figure in the network set up by former White House aide Oliver L. North to arm the Nicaraguan Contras, agreed Friday to drop an appeal of his conviction for his role in the Iran-Contra affair, according to court papers. In a plea agreement with independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, Secord last year pleaded guilty to a felony count of lying to congressional investigators and was sentenced to two years of probation.
March 3, 1990 |
The Bush Administration launched a diplomatic campaign Friday to persuade the Nicaraguan Contras--whose rebel army was built with U.S. funds--to give up their guns now that their goal has been won. But so far, the Contras aren't cooperating. Nicaraguan President-elect Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, who won a surprise victory in last Sunday's election with the Contras' support, has called on the estimated 10,000 rebels to demobilize before her inauguration April 25.