DIA AGENT’S BOOK, TRAIL OF THE OCTOPUS – FROM BEIRUT TO LOCKERBIE – INSIDE THE DIA, EXPOSES GADDAFI-CIA LINK, CLAIMS LIBYA HAD NO ROLE IN LOCKERBIE BOMBING
In Trail of the Octopus, Lester K. Coleman, former agent of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) reveals the truth behind the infamous Lockerbie Pan Am 103 bombing. Published for the first time in the United States, the book relates Coleman’s experiences as an Arabic-speaking DIA agent, assisting the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Cyprus, where the DEA had built cozy relationships with heroin dealers to supply its state-side sting operations with “controlled deliveries” of Lebanese heroin. A Palestinian terror group, paid by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to exact revenge for the downing of the Iranian Airbus by the U.S. Vincennes in 1987, infiltrated the DEA’s heroin pipeline and smuggled the bomb aboard Pan Am 103 that exploded over Lockerbie Scotland on December 21, 1988.
Coleman says the CIA was the likely source of the explosives and know-how used to build the bomb. “CIA agent Edwin P. Wilson recruited Gadaffi in 1977, and the CIA shipped Libya over 2000 pounds of explosives,” but “Libya had no role in the bombing,” says Coleman. Rather, “Gadaffi was the perfect scapegoat to cover the misdeeds of the CIA and U.S. drug agents that caused the bomb to be slipped aboard Pan Am 103.” Coleman explained, “Wilson trained many terrorist cells in the Middle East that could have planted the bomb.” Gadaffi’s role as a CIA asset was exposed in 2003, when Texas U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughes released Wilson from prison after finding that the CIA’s claim that Wilson was not working for the CIA when he recruited Gadaffi was “nothing but lies.”
Co-authored by Donald S. Goddard, a former New York Times editor, Trail of the Octopus weaves the events of Coleman’s life into the explosive events that stunned the world and made the word “terrorism” a household word.
First published in the United Kingdom in 1993, Trail of the Octopus is now available in its First U.S. Edition on Amazon, including the original text with illustrations, a new Foreword, and an Appendix containing excerpts from judicial opinions rendered in the Pan Am civil lawsuit. An interview of Coleman about the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 bombing is at trailoftheoctopus.net.