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The Nation

An interagency intelligence group in the Bush Administration is reviewing classified material in the Iran-Contra case, sources said, a process which could lead to dropping more charges against fired National Security Council aide Oliver L. North. A similar review by the interagency group led to conspiracy and theft charges being dismissed earlier this month against North. The new review by the intelligence experts is focusing on classified documents North’s lawyers want to use in his defense at his trial. U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell issued a sealed order last Thursday detailing how much classified information that North’s lawyers want to disclose in order to provide him with a fair trial.


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