The Iran-Contra scandal became public on 3 November 1986, when the Lebanese newspaper Al Shiraa revealed details of US arms sales to Iran in an "arms for hostages" deal. It emerged shortly afterwards that proceeds from the arms sales had been illegaly diverted by Col. Oliver North to get round Congressional restrictions on funding for the Nicaraguan Contras.
- Report of the congressional committees investigating the Iran-Contra Affair with supplemental, minority, and additional views, U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition, 1987, archived at openlibrary.org
- Lawrence E. Walsh, Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up, W.W. Norton, 1997, p.7.
- Lawrence E. Walsh, Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up, W.W. Norton, 1997, p.13.