Michael Hurley

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A DEA official accused of involvement in the Lockerbie Bombing.

Michael T. Hurley is a Drug Enforcement Administration operative fingered by Les Coleman in the 1993 Trail of the Octopus for active involvement in the Lockerbie bombing. His threat of a libel action caused Allan Francovich's The Maltese Double Cross - Lockerbie to be withdrawn at the last minute from the 1994 London Film Festival.


Les Coleman writes that "as DEA Country Attache for Cyprus, Michael T. Hurley had overall responsibility for both the EURAME Trading Company, Ltd, and its initiative to sell PROMIS[E] computer systems to Middle East countries to drug abuse control. In 1990, DEA reassigned Hurley to a DEA intelligence position in Washington State. I became aware in 1991 that Michael Riconosciuto, known to me as a long-time CIA asset, was arrested in Washington State by DEA for the manufacturing of illegal chemical drugs. I had also become aware of the fact that Riconosciuto made a sworn statement, prior to his arrest, about his participation in a covert U.S. intelligence initiative to sell INSLAW's PROMIS to foreign governments. In light of Hurley's personal involvement in the U.S. Government's covert intelligence initiative to sell PROMIS[E] software to foreign governments and his reassignment to a DEA intelligence position in Washington State in advance of the DEA's arrest of Riconosciuto, the arrest of Riconosciuto should be regarded as suspect. I do not believe that Hurley's posting to a drug intelligence position in Washington State in advance of Riconosciuto's arrest on drug charges in merely coincidental. Rather, the probability is that Hurley was reassigned to Washington State to manufacture a case against Riconosciuto in order to prevent Riconosciuto to become a credible witness about the U.S. Government's covert sale of the PROMIS software to foreign governments. "[1]


In 2003, he wrote I Solemnly Swear: Conmen, DEA, the Media and Pan Am 103 together with Kenton V. Smith in response to Les Coleman's Trail of the Octopus to try to counter these allegations. This has received sharply polarised reviews on Amazon.[2]

In 2014, again together with Kenton V. Smith he published OFFBEAT: With Oxnard's Finest. The preface concludes "We were all Americans which meant more to us than life itself."[3]