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ThoroughbredhorsesandtheCIA

Source:Whiteout:TheCIA,Drugs,andthePressbyAlexanderCockburn&Jeffrey
St.Clair,Verso,NewYork.ISBN1859841392(paperback),page375.
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ThoroughbredhorsesintheIranCONTRAoperation:
JuanRivas,acontracommanderwhorosetobechiefofstaff,admittedthathehad
beenacocainetraffickerinColombiabeforethewar.TheCIAaskedRivas,knownasEl
Quiche,abouthisbackgroundaftertheDEAbegansuspectingthatRivasmightbean
escapedconvictfromaColombianprison.[Graf562]
IninterviewswithCIAofficers,Rivasacknowledgedthathehadbeenarrestedand
convictedofpackagingandtransportingcocaineforthedrugtradeinBarranquilla,
Colombia.Afterseveralmonthsinprison,Rivassaid,heescapedandmovedtoCentral
Americawherehejoinedthecontras.[Graf563]

DefendingRivas,CIAofficialsinsistedthattherewasnoevidencethatRivasengaged
intraffickingwhilewiththecontras.ButoneCIAcablenotedthathelivedan
expensivelifestyle,evenkeepinga$100,000thoroughbredhorseatthecontracamp.
[Graf566]
ContramilitarycommanderBermudezlaterattributedRivas'swealthtohisex
girlfriend'srichfamily.ButaCIAcableinMarch1989addedthat"someintheFDN
mayhavesuspectedatthetimethatthefatherinlawwasengagedindrug
trafficking."[Graf567]
Still,theCIAmovedquicklytoprotectRivasfromexposureandpossibleextraditionto
Colombia.InFebruary1989,CIAheadquartersaskedthatDEAtakenoaction"inview
oftheseriouspoliticaldamagetotheU.S.Governmentthatcouldoccurshouldthe
informationaboutRivasbecomepublic."[Graf569]
InaFeb.22,1989,note,theCIA'sdirectorofoperations,RichardStoltz,arguedthat
"whatwehavehereisasingle,relativelypettytransgressioninaforeigncountrythat
occurredadecadeagoandthatisapparentlyofnocurrentinteresttoDEA."[Graf
573]
Rivaswasphasedoutofthecontraleadershipwithanexplanationofpoorhealth.
WithU.S.governmenthelp,hewasallowedtoresettleinMiami.Colombiawasnot
informedabouthisfugitivestatus.[Graf581]
Readthewholestoryhere:
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/CIA/CIADrugConfession.html