Published September 22, 2012
SEATTLE – Edwin P. Wilson, a former CIA operative whose 1980s conviction for shipping arms to Libya was thrown out two decades later, has died. He was 84.
Craig Emmick, a director at Columbia Funeral Home in Seattle, says Wilson died Sept. 10 in Seattle from complications from a heart valve replacement surgery.
Wilson was convicted in 1983 for shipping 20 tons of explosives to Libya. At trial, he said he did it to ingratiate himself with the Libyan government at the CIA's request.
A federal judge threw out the conviction in 2003, saying the government failed to correct information about Wilson's service to the CIA that it admitted internally was false.
Wilson served 22 years in prison until he was released in 2004. He then moved to Edmonds, Wash., north of Seattle, to live with his brother.