After President Ronald Reagan authorizes a congressionally-funded programme of covert aid to the Nicaraguan Contras in December 1981, Clarridge was transferred from Rome to run the operation as head of the CIA's Latin-American division.
- Duane Clarridge, then in charge of clandestine operations in Europe, recalled that the C.I.A. director had told him that the Pollard material "goes beyond just the receipt in Israel of this stuff." But Casey, who had many close ties to the Israeli intelligence community, hadn't told Clarridge how he knew what he knew.
- Mark Mazzetti, Former Spy With Agenda Operates a Private C.I.A., New York Times, 22 January 2011.