NEW YORK TIMES
July 18, 2009
Cites C.I.A. in Jailbreak Liberia
Part of the lore surrounding Mr. Taylor is that he broke out of jail in
The plan, he said, was for him to join a Liberian military leader, Thomas Quiwonkpa, who was plotting a coup against President Samuel Doe. Mr. Taylor said he was “100 percent positive” that the C.I.A. was providing weapons for the plot.
The escape has little bearing on the charges against him at the
This week, hearings have covered Mr. Taylor’s time as a student activist in the
One day, Mr. Taylor said, Harry Nyguan, a Liberian, visited “and he briefs me on what is being put together” by the C.I.A. Mr. Nyguan told him, he said, of the C.I.A.’s role in the Quiwonkpa plot, the training of rebels and the plan to invade Liberia.
Mr. Taylor said he pressed Mr. Nyguan to get him released. Soon afterward, he said, a guard, a supervisor, came to tell him he might be freed, but asked if he would be able to leave the
“One evening about 10, he came and opened my cell, it was during lockdown time,” Mr. Taylor went on. “Then he escorted me from the maximum security side through several gates to the minimum security side.”
Two other men were waiting. “We got to the windows,” he said. “These guys took a sheet. We tied it on the bars. We came down and got over the fence.” A car with two men was waiting outside, he went on. “They had instructions to take me as far as
His car, he said, was “a kind of secure car, a kind of government car,” he said. The drivers insisted he stay inside, rather than join his wife’s car, to avoid being stopped by state troopers, he continued. “I did not pay any money,” he said. “I did not know the guys who picked me up.”
News reports followed, saying that “I had broken out of jail,” Mr. Taylor said. “I am calling it my release.” He said he made his way to
By the time he reached
A C.I.A. spokesman, Paul Gimiglia, said that the idea that the agency would help Mr. Taylor break out of jail was “completely absurd.”
David Crane, the former prosecutor who indicted Mr. Taylor in 2003, said he was fascinated by the account.
“There is the official version that he escaped, but there was always that rumor that he was helped by the C.I.A.,” he said by telephone. “We were never able to confirm it.”
Mr. Crane, a former
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