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Stories about Waite Link to North Scheme May Have Been Held

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Stories about Waite Link to North Scheme May Have Been Held

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Anglican church envoy Terry Waite had been on his fifth mission to Beirut trying to free Western hostages held in Lebanon when he was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad in January 1987.

News reports following Waite's release Nov. 18 have raised questions about his role in the release of some hostages and about whether he may have unwittingly been a frontman for the arms-for-hostages deals that came to be known as Iran-contra.

In a Nov. 19 Washington Post article, George Lardner Jr. and Nora Boustany reported that Waite used to leave the telephone number of retired Lt. Col. Oliver North as a contact for friends and relatives when he was in Beirut.

North, a former National Security Council staffer, was instrumental in effecting negotiations which led to the trading of arms to Iran in exchange for the release of American hostages.

The Post reported that Waite and North worked together closely, although it was unclear how much Waite knew about the American deals with Iran.

Further, according to the Washington Post, "News organizations have known many details about Waite's work with North, but have declined to publicize them while he was a hostage. …

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