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Clair E. George dies at 81; spy was pardoned for Iran-Contra lies
Clair E. George dies at 81; spy was pardoned for Iran-Contra lies

Clair E. George, a former CIA covert operations chief who received a presidential pardon in 1992 after being convicted of two counts of lying to Congress in connection with the Iran-Contra scandal during the Reagan administration, has died. He was 81. George, a 32-year veteran of the CIA who lived in Chevy Chase, Md., died of cardiac arrest Aug. 11 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., said his daughter Leslie George. George's career in espionage took him to agency stations around the globe and culminated with his becoming the CIA's third-highest-ranking official. As deputy director for operations, he was responsible for covert operations worldwide from 1984 to 1987. During...

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