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Investigators Interview Edwin Wilson At Illinois Prison

August 14, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Congressional investigators on Friday interviewed Edwin P. Wilson, the convicted former CIA official, at a maximum-security prison in Illinois as part of their investigation into the Iran-Contra case.

Bob Havel, a spokesman for the House Iran-Contra committee, said congressional staffers flew to Marion, Ill., to talk to Wilson, who knew some of the figures involved in the case.

″I understand he wanted to talk with them,″ Havel said.

Paul Blumenthal, an attorney for Wilson, identified the three at Cameron Holmes and David Faulkner of the Senate committee, and Allan Hobron of the House committee.

Wilson, who is serving a 52-year sentence for illegally selling weapons to Libya and plotting to kill federal prosecutors and witnesses, has claimed in recent television and newspaper interviews that he was a one-time business partner of retired Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord.

Secord said he knew Wilson, but has flatly denied that he had any business association with the former CIA official.

Secord is under investigation by Lawrence Walsh, the independent counsel in the Iran-Contra case, for his role in helping former National Security Council aide Oliver L. North sell weapons to Iran and divert the profits to the Nicaraguan Contras.

Havel said one of the issues that investigators want to question Wilson about is a Feb. 16, 1984 cashier’s check for $33,000 that Secord made out to Thomas G. Clines, another former CIA official who was once associated with Wilson. A copy of the check was introduced in the Iran-Contra hearings.

Testimony in the public Iran-Contra hearings, which ended Aug. 3, showed that Clines worked with Secord in supplying weapons to the Nicaraguan Contras.

Secord has said the check represented a loan to Clines, and had nothing to do with a fine that Clines’ company had to pay in 1984 for overbilling the U.S. government on shipping costs.

Clines was involved in the Egytian-American Transport and Service Co., a now-defunct firm that pleaded guilty to filing false statements with the U.S. government. Eastco was created to ship U.S. military equipment to Egypt.

Wilson, whose estate is tied up in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, has filed papers seeking to pursue financial claims against Clines, Secord and several Egyptians who he says were involved in Eatsco.

Wilson contends that he provided start-up money for Eastco, but never received a promised return on his investment.

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