Lester Coleman

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BornLester Knox Coleman III

Inslaw Affair

Full article: Inslaw

Mr. Coleman stated that during April and May 1988, he worked with Eurame Trading Company, Ltd., a DEA proprietary company in Nicosia, Cyprus. Mr. Coleman said that at that time he found that the DEA was using the trading company to sell computer software called "PROMISE" or "PROMIS" to drug abuse control agencies in Cyprus, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Turkey. Mr. Coleman also said that he witnessed the unpacking of reels of computer tapes and computer hardware at the Nicosia Police Force Narcotics Squad. The boxes bore the name and red logo of a Canadian corporation with the words "PROMISE" or "PROMIS" and "Ltd." According to Mr. Coleman, the DEA's objective in aiding the implementation of this "PROMIS(E)" system in these Middle East countries' drug abuse control agencies was to augment the United State's ability to access sensitive drug control law enforcement and intelligence files.
US Government House Report 102-857 into the Inslaw affair.[1]

Lester Coleman, former DIA operative, former DEA operative, claimed that a secret DEA drug sting enabled terrorists to evade airport security in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Contact from Danny Casolaro

Coleman writes that "Danny Casolaro contacted me in Europe on August 3, 1991. Mr. Casolaro had leads and hard information about things that I know about, including Department of Justice groups operating overseas, the sale of PROMIS[E] software by the U.S. Government to foreign governments, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), and the Iran-Contra scandal. I subsequently learned of Mr. Casolaro's death in Martinsburg, West Virginia, one week later, on August 10, 1991. I contacted INSLAW in October 1991, after learning about Mr. Casolaro's death under suspicious circumstances."[2]

Trail of the Octopus

In 1993, Lester Coleman co-authored Trail of the Octopus: From Beirut to Lockerbie - Inside the DIA with Donald Goddard which puts forward his version of events surrounding the Lockerbie bombing. He fingers a DEA agent named Michael Hurley‎ for responsibility, an allegation which Hurley directly refuted in his 2003 book I Solemnly Swear: Conmen, DEA, the Media and Pan Am 103.

Maltese Double Cross

Lockerbie campaigner Barry Walker commented on Professor Robert Black's blog:

Lester Coleman was of course another Maltese Double Cross "witness" claiming to have seen Khaled Jafaar at the DEA's Cyprus office (a claim for which John Ashton came up with some spurious corroboration). Coleman is an associate of the Maltese Double Cross "consultant" the drug trafficker, conman and convicted fraudster Oswald LeWinter (described by Ashton as "a sophisticated CIA disinformation specialist").[3]

Perjury admission

In 1997 he pleaded guilty to five counts of perjury, admitting that his testimony a lie, he gave the following explanation for it:

  • to obtain money
  • to evade pending Federal charges that he filed a false passport application
  • to enhance his status as a consultant on international security and "terrorism"
  • to get back at the United States Drug Enforcement Administration for having dismissed him

Although each of the five counts Coleman faced carried a maximum sentence of up to 5 years' imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, the Government in a plea agreement agreed to a sentence of time served, which was five months, plus six months' home confinement under electronic monitoring.[4]


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