Suitcase-Gate, CIA Drug Plane Scandals Meet
Daniel Hopsicker - Sept 30, 2008
The true owner of the “N” number painted on the business jet used in the sting against Hugo Chavez is a CIA contractor.
The luxury business jet carrying a suitcase filled with $800,000 in bribes whose discovery last August kicked off the Suitcase-Gate Scandal had the same American registration, or” N” number, as that of a plane flying for a CIA contractor in Iraq, the MadCowMorningNews has learned.
The so-called Suitcase-Gate Scandal is playing out in a trial currently underway in a Federal courtroom in Miami.
Newspaper photos taken of the Citation X top-of-the-line business jet right after the ill-fated suitcase flight show ‘N’ number N5113S on the tail.
But a Florida-based CIA air contractor called Air-Scan Inc. is assigned that tail number, according to FAA records, for a Cessna 182 flying in Iraq.
Air-Scan Inc. is an American military contractor which has—even for an American military contractor—a checkered past. Still, there has been no mention during the trial so far of the murky provenance of the plane.
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