CASEY SAID:

"I first learned about {the diversion of funds to the contras} when {Attorney General Edwin} Meese told everybody."

Dec. 11, 1986

"I don't know anything about diversion of funds. What you've got to understand is we were barred from being involved with the contras, and we kept away from that."

Time magazine, Dec. 22, 1986

THE CIA SAID:

"Director Casey testified under oath before four congressional committees that he did not learn that monies may have been diverted to the contras until the White House so informed him just before Attorney General Meese held his press conference on 25 November . . . . When Director Casey and Deputy Director {Robert M.} Gates were informed in the fall of 1986 of tenuous speculation . . . that some Iranian monies may have been diverted to the contras . . . they reported their concerns to the NSC several times in October, and Director Casey recommended that the White House counsel review the program. No credible evidence of a diversion of monies ever came to the attention of the agency. Most importantly, there is no indication whatsoever that CIA was involved in any diversion of funds, that CIA misused its funds or violated any law."

Statement by Sharon Foster, CIA Office of Public Affairs, Jan. 9, 1987

NORTH TESTIFIED:

"Director Casey learned about {diverting profits from Iran arms sales to the contras} before the fact . . . {He} used several words to describe how he felt about it, all of which were effusive. He referred to it as 'the ultimate irony, the ultimate covert operation.' "

Wednesday

"{Were there} any other people . . . aware of your full-service operation {in the CIA}?

A. "There was ample indication frequently that there was resupply going on from 1984 through 1986 . . . . Director Casey had specific and detailed knowledge because I briefed him frequently in detail."

Wednesday

"All of the transactions were recorded on a ledger that Director Casey gave me . . . . Somewhere between . . . the 13th of October and the 4th of November, he told me specifically, 'Get rid of things. Get rid of that book because that book has in it the names of everybody, the addresses of everybody. Just get rid of it and clean things up.' "

Wednesday

"The director was interested in the ability to {create} an existing . . . off-the-shelf, self-sustaining, stand-alone entity that could perform certain activities on behalf of the United States. And, as I tried to describe to the committee last night in the executive session, several of those activities were discussed with both Director Casey and with Adm. Poindexter."

Yesterday -- COMPILED BY JAMES SCHWARTZ AND MICHELLE HALL -- THE WASHINGTON POST