Excellent essay –
When the whirlwind of complex, overlapping covert operations that is labeled, perhaps misleadingly, ‘Iran-Contra’ was revealed, the revelations came in the aftermath of the doomed flight of Eugene Hasenfus in October of 1986. His plane—owned by the CIA proprietary airline Southern Air Transport, and previously owned by notorious, intelligence-linked drug smuggler Barry Seal—had been shot down over Nicaragua, leading to the discovery onboard of numerous arms, military gear, and documents tying the flight to American intelligence services. Hasenfus himself survived the crash, and after being captured, began to disclose aspects of the Contra support operations to the Sandinista government. Stateside, inquiries began to circulate: the Boland amendments, passed between 1982 and 1982, had blocked American government support for the Contras, and yet here was incontrovertible proof that exactly that was what was happening.
Yet while the Hasenfus shoot-down was the major catalyst for unveiling the operations, a spider-web of cracks…
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