Ex-CIA Officer Who Installed Gate at North’s Home to Testify Today

From a Times Staff Writer

Glenn A. Robinette, the former CIA officer who installed a $2,000 security gate at the suburban Washington home of Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, will be questioned by the congressional Iran- contra committees when hearings resume today.

Robinette, who was granted limited immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony, has said that retired Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord, a middleman in the Iran-contra affair, asked him to install the security gate and that he did it at his own expense. He said he was told by Secord that North feared that his home might be sabotaged by his political enemies.

Both Robinette and Secord have denied that the gate was purchased from funds derived from arms sales to Iran. Federal law prohibits government employees such as North from receiving “anything of value” in connection with their jobs.