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AFA 4: Terpil, Wilson & Company

Part 1 [1] 47:33 | Part 2 [2] 47:36 | Part 3 [3] 47:30 | Part 4 [4] 47:30 | Part 5 [5] 41:20
(Record­ed August 21, 1984)

Cov­er­ing the numer­ous and var­ied activ­i­ties of the noto­ri­ous “ex” CIA oper­a­tives Frank Ter­pil and Edwin Wil­son, this pro­gram cen­ters large­ly on the pair’s activ­i­ties train­ing and equip­ping some of the world’s most noto­ri­ous “left-wing” ter­ror­ists. Moham­mar Khadafy’s ter­ror­ist cadre, the Red Brigades and Car­los the Jack­al were alleged­ly among the recip­i­ents of Wil­son and Ter­pil’s exper­tise.

Although they sup­pos­ed­ly per­formed as rene­gades, they claimed that their activ­i­ties sup­port­ive of “left” ter­ror were per­formed at the bequest of U.S. intel­li­gence. This pro­gram presents infor­ma­tion which bol­sters this con­tention. Many of the peo­ple and ele­ments dis­cussed in this broad­cast lat­er fig­ured promi­nent­ly in the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: the group’s use of active-duty Green Berets to train Khadafy’s ter­ror­ists; Ed Wilson’s oper­a­tion of Task Force 157, an intel­li­gence oper­a­tion that spawned the Nugan Hand Bank (a CIA-con­nect­ed bank that laun­dered drug and arms deal prof­its); Wilson’s role in bro­ker­ing ship­ments of U.S. arms to Egypt; Eye­wit­ness sub­stan­ti­a­tion of the duo’s con­nec­tion to Car­los the Jack­al; the role of for­mer CIA offi­cials Theodore Shack­ley and Thomas Clines in Ter­pil and Wilson’s activ­i­ties; the untime­ly deaths of numer­ous wit­ness­es to, or par­tic­i­pants in, the pair’s oper­a­tions; Wilson’s past oper­a­tions for CIA, includ­ing the Bay of Pigs project and the U‑2 spy plane; Wilson’s alleged role in procur­ing explo­sives for the assas­si­na­tion of Orlan­do Lete­lier; Wilson’s con­nec­tions to Repub­li­can king­mak­er Robert Kei­th Gray; alle­ga­tions of con­nec­tions between Ter­pil and a drug-smug­gling gang known as “The Com­pa­ny;” Ter­pil’s claims that drug prof­its from the above-men­tioned Nugan Hand Bank sus­tained U.S. elec­tron­ic sur­veil­lance facil­i­ties in Aus­tralia; state­ments from for­mer U.S. intel­li­gence offi­cers that the Ter­pil-Wil­son oper­a­tions in Libya were, indeed, offi­cial­ly sanc­tioned; alle­ga­tions that a “tame CIA insid­er” deflect­ed Con­gres­sion­al inquiries into Ter­pil and Wilson’s activ­i­ties; Libyan strong­man Khadafy’s bankrolling of the Pal­adin Group, a fas­cist mer­ce­nary orga­ni­za­tion; a Latin-Amer­i­can assas­si­na­tion con­sor­tium known as “Oper­a­tion Con­dor.”