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Former CIA spy branded a traitor wants to clear his name
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 23, 2006
Posted: November 11th, 2006

Edwin Wilson...was hurtling into history as one of this nation's most infamous traitors until three years ago when a federal judge concluded he'd been buried with the help of government lies. Now 78 and paroled, Wilson works in his Seattle prove he didn't earn the spectacular fall from skilled CIA agent to despised federal prisoner. In books about his downfall, he is the villain: a ruthless renegade who left the CIA and made himself rich by selling arms and training terrorists for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Three years ago, a federal judge in Texas threw out a major conviction...and blasted the government for covering up the truth. Wilson had finally gotten documents [proving] that despite his 1971 retirement, the CIA was still secretly using him to gather intelligence. The government had denied it for years. The people Wilson is suingformer officials in the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Justice Department and the CIA, including two men who are now federal judgescontend they can't be held liable for doing their jobs, even if his rights were violated. Wilson spent 22 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes found that about two dozen government lawyers were involved in hiding information from Wilson's defense attorney. In his blistering opinion, Hughes noted that the CIA had more than 80 contacts with Wilson after he left the agency, which, among other things, had used him to "trade weapons or explosives for sophisticated Soviet military equipmentlike MiG-25 fighters, tanks, missiles and ocean mineswith Libya." A CIA agent had even discussed with Wilson that "sending tonsyes, tonsof explosives to a hostile power could be authorized" if the U.S. got good enough information for it, the judge wrote.

Note: For another famous case of a major "traitor" who was framed by the U.S. government, click here.

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