Lawrence Barcella

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Member ofHouse October Surprise Task Force

Barcella carried out a "legendary" investigation into the murder of Chilean patriot Orlando Letelier, who was car bombed in the streets of Washington DC on the orders of the CIA.[1]

October Surprise

Barcella was the lead counsel of the October Surprise Task Force.[1]

Arms for Libya

Full article: Rated 4/5 Arms for Libya

Lawrence Barcella led the US Department of Justice’s manhunt for spook Edwin Wilson, who had been set up the Arms for Libya weapons deal. Robert Parry states that Barcella worked with the CIA in that case: “Luckily for the CIA, the chief (October Surprise) investigator, E. Lawrence Barcella Jr. was a favorite of the intelligence community and had worked closely with many of the figures implicated in the October Surprise affair.”[2] Barcella "denied wrongdoing in connection with the bogus Wilson [Briggs] affidavit" which caused Wilson's conviction to be overturned after almost 20 years.[1]

Defending BCCI

In the 1990s Barcella, then in private practice, represented defendants in the BCCI affair, the biggest international banking corruption scandal in history. According to Parry’s Consortium News web site:[1] “In the 1980s, Barcella and his law firm earned more than $2 million from the Bank of Credit and Commerce International for giving legal advice, lobbying and handling public relations problems. Barcella denounced as ‘absurd’ early press allegations that BCCI had secretly gained control of First American Bank in Washington. (The story turned out to be true.) In 1991, BCCI collapsed amid scandal over its ties to international drug money-laundering and influence-peddling.”[3]


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  2. Robert Parry “October Surprise X-Files (Part 7): Bush & a CIA Power Play” Consortium News 1996 “Barcella... had done work for and with the CIA in the famous Edwin Wilson case.”
  3. “Clinton & a BCCI Lawyer” Consortium News Parenthesis in the original.

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