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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Traitor? Or Fall Guy?

This morning's Seattle Post-Intelligencer is running an article about an Idaho boy who allegedly went bad.

The article, written by Tracy Johnson, is titled Former CIA spy branded a traitor wants to clear his name.

A Google search on Edwin Wilson will turn up several "hits" that describe how Wilson allegedly betrayed the United States by selling explosives to Libya in 1977. Wilson has steadfastly maintained that all he did, he did at the behest of the US government.

It will be interesting to see if Wilson survives long enough to clear his name. It seems an odd task for a parolee to undertake in his late 70's unless he has conclusive proof. As noted in the article, he was able to convince a judge that the US had lied to obtain his original conviction.

I've always been puzzled by the timers Wilson allegedly had custom-made for sale to Libya. Who was the manufacturer? Who paid for the R&D on them? These were extremely well-made, precise, timers with absolutely no commercial application. Their only purpose was to detonate murderous improvised explosive devices.

Maybe Wilson's quest to clear his name will answer my questions and others as well.