EXCERPTS FROM TOM BLANTON'S "WHITE HOUSE E-MAIL"
"On Noriega... I have nothing against him other than his illegal activities."
--John Poindexter, p.25
"I am pretty sure that Dole is deliberately putting out disinformation but we should do nothing to expose him. Keep AIPAC working."
"Some of the children have been pulling some cute tricks to get 1st class travel."
--administrative officer Mary Dix, p.58
NOTE FROM: OLIVER NORTH
Subject: PRIVATE BLANK CHECK
Hopefully you have by now been informed that UNO/FDN safely released the eight West Germans this evening just before dark at the religious commune at Presillas. Franklin is headed North in attempt to get across the Rama Rd before the Sandinistas can close in on him. At this point the only liability we still have is one of DEMOCRACY INC.'s airplanes is mired in the mud (it is the rainy season down there) on the secret field in Costa Rica. They hope to have it out by dawn. On a separate but related matter: The reason why I asked to speak to you urgently earlier today is that Ray called Elliott Abrams regarding the third country issue. Elliott has talked to Shultz and had prepared a paper re going to the Saudis and Taiwanese for contributions. Elliott called me and asked "where to send the money." I told Elliott to do nothing, to send no papers andto talk to no one further about this until he talks to you. He is seeing you privately tomorrow. At this point I need your help. As you know, I have the accounts and the means by which this thing needs to be accomplished. I have no idea what Shultz knows or doesn't know, but he could prove to be very unhappy if he learns of the Saudi and Taiwanese aid that has been given in the past from someone other than you. Did RCM ever tell Shultz?
I am very concerned that we are bifurcating an effort that has, up to now, worked relatively well. An extraordinary amount of good has been done and money truly is not the thing which is most needed at this point. What we most need is to get the CIA re-engaged in this effort so that it can be better managed than it now is by one slightly confused Marine LtCol. Money will again become an issue in July, but probably not until mid-month. There are several million rounds of most types of ammo now on hand and more ($3M) worth on the way by ship from China. Critically needed items are being flown in from Europe to the expanded warehouse facility at Ilopango. Boots, uniforms, ponchos etc. are bein g purchased locally and Calero will receive $500K for food purchases by the end of the week. Somehow we will molify the wounded egos of the triple A with not being able to see RR. We should look to going back to [Deleted, (b)(1)(s)] on the blowpipesif we are going to do anything at all about outside support in the next few days, and I wd love to carry the letter from RR [Deleted, (b)(1)(s)] if we are going to move on something. Meanwhile, I wd recommend that you and RCM have a talk about how much Sec Shultz does or does not know abt Saudi Arabia/Taiwan so that we don't make any mistakes. I don't know who in the Taiwanese govt. knows since Fred never told me. At this point I'm not sure who on our side knows what. Help. Warm regards, North