It’s not that I was particularly surprised, but I wasn’t as shocked as I expected. I’m not a big fan of the Iran Contra affair, but I can understand how some people see the events as a dark shadow over our recent history. After all, the CIA was responsible for a lot of the atrocities we’ve seen in recent years.
Well, they were, until the whole “intelligence” thing fell apart in a bizarre fashion. After a high-profile investigation where the CIA was accused of being involved in the assassination of a candidate for president of the United States, the case was dropped. The CIA was accused of violating the Espionage Act, an act that allows for prosecution of intelligence agents who spy for any foreign government, not just one that is officially friendly to the United States.
The thing is the CIA wasn’t involved in the assassination per se. They were accused of being involved in the “assassination program”, a program that was launched by the CIA in the late 1960s.
This was a real case of espionage: the CIA was accused of using a foreign agency to spy on the US government, which was a violation of the Espionage Act. Even though the US government wasn’t involved in the assassination, the case was dropped. It led to protests and a court case.
The reason the CIA was involved in the assassination program was because of an incident called “The Iran Contra Affair”. This was a scandal when it involved the CIA and an Iranian cleric named Manuel Noriega.
This was the moment in American history that began the conspiracy theories that the CIA was involved in the assassination of the former president of Nicaragua, Anastasio Somoza. The CIA tried to cover up the story, but a court case found the CIA guilty of violating the CIA Act of 1949, which included using foreign agents to spy on the US government.
The Iranian cleric was involved in a $10 million drug case in California, but that was just an excuse to bring Noriega back to the US to testify against him in court. That’s when he was assassinated. The plot to kill him began in August 1988, and ended in June 1989. To this day, there is still no official explanation as to what happened, but the evidence suggests that the CIA was involved. In fact, the CIA refused to give up the source of these drugs.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Noriega has a criminal record dating back to the 1980s. We know that the CIA paid off his lawyer to let him go. They knew that he was dangerous and were afraid that he would try to set up an investigation. So they used a lawyer to help them.
Apparently the CIA was attempting to cover up the fact that they had paid off Noriega’s lawyers to let him go. In the end, they had to kill him. It’s quite a story, and it is one that we at nyt crossword have never really seen before. And it’s one that will keep us busy for many weeks.
The Iran Contra Affair was the largest crime trial in history at the time. And it was a truly awful thing.