INTERVIEW WITH DUANE CLARRIDGE
INTERVIEWER: This is 10843 giving an interview with Duane Clarridge. Mr. Clarridge could you please tell me your full name and something of your career record in the late 70s to the end of your career.
DUANE CLARRIDGE : my name is Duane, middle name Ramsdell Clarridge, born 1932 in New Hampshire. I joined CIA in 1955 after graduate school. I spent a normal career pattern up to the late 70s I suppose and then reached senior position and in 1981 became chief of a Latin America division and I was there until I suppose it was about October in 1984. So it was about 3 years that I was chief of Latin America Division.
Ex-CIA Official Looks for French, Russian Deals with Hussein
Former CIA officer Duane Clarridge has maintained that economic interests were the real reasons France and Russia those countries opposed the invasion of Iraq. "I think the world needs to know why some countries didnt want Saddam Hussein removed from power.
Now the officer, infamous for his role in the Reagan administrations secret war in Nicaragua, is out to prove his charges with his own investigation of the financial dealings, according to a report in the LA Times.
Clarridge has been on the ground in Iraq scouting for evidence that French politicians took secret payoffs from Hussein in the 1980s; that Russia received illegal Iraqi oil transshipped through Iran; and that major international companies -- as well as foreign governments -- aided Husseins mission to develop weapons of mass destruction.
"It will be a huge bombshell if we can pull it off, Clarridge said. "I think the White House will be delighted.
Despite his history, Clarridge retains extensive contacts in Washington, having twice been named to special task forces set up by the Defense Science Board, which advises Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. He has arranged to keep U.S. intelligence agencies briefed on what he uncovers.
Clarridge, the former chief of the CIAs Latin America division in 1981, when President Reagan began stepping up U.S. involvement in the region, believes the modern CIA has grown too cautious:
"An intelligence agency has to take risks, and its going to get into a little and sometimes a lot of trouble.
Clarridge has a book too "A Spy for All Seasons: My Life in the CIA"