At least, it happened if you believe the reports--and/or the Russkis.
Robert Parry of Consortium News is reporting that in 1992 the Russians turned over to the White House a secret report confirming that senior US officials and Reagan campaign staff met with Iranian officials in Europe during the summer of 1980. The meetings, since known as the October Surprise, were designed to delay the release of the American Embassy hostages in Iran until after the US elections, depriving President Jimmy Carter of a success that might have kept him in office.
I know for a fact that Henry Waxman’s committee on government ethics has hard evidence that the meetings did take place and that they were orchestrated by Reagan’s campaign manager Bill Casey. They were set up with the connivance of at least two CIA Chiefs of Station in Europe, in Rome and Paris.
One of the players was Robert Gates, the outgoing AND incoming SecDef.
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