CIA man 'withheld information'

Washington (AP) - Clair George, former head of CIA spy operations, ordered key information to be withheld from Congress as it investigated the downing of a plane in Oliver North's secret Nicaraguan supply network, Alan Fiers, another former CIA official, told a federal jury yesterday. Mr George is charged with lying to congressional committees by claiming he did not know who was behind the military supply flight shot down over Nicaragua on 5 October 1986. Mr Fiers said he and Mr George had discussed the fact that Colonel North, a White House aide, and Felix Rodriguez, a retired CIA employee, were involved in the military supply network.