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ALL THE PRESIDENT’S SPIES

The October Surprise may be real, and other stunning claims from the final interview with Duane Clarridge

LAST SPRING, I spent a week in Washington, D.C., hoping to interview national security reporters and former CIA officers for my upcoming book, Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood, and one of the people I contacted during that quest was Duane Clarridge, who died from cancer on April 9. Known as much for his love of safari suits and cigars as for his spycraft, “Dewey” was the CIA’s former Latin America director and the founding leader of the agency’s counterterrorism center during the 1980s. He was also one of the most high-profile culprits of the Iran- Contra scandal, in which Reagan administration officials illegally sold missiles to Tehran to help raise cash for anti-Communist rebels in Central America. In 1991, Clarridge was indicted for lying to Congress about his role in Iran-Contra, but President George H.W. Bush pardoned him the following year, along with five other intelligence officials.

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