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Ex-CIA Man Aids Laos War Widows; BRIEFLY

BY: Washington Post Service

DATELINE:  WASHINGTON October 16, 2000, Monday BODY:  

A former CIA operative is leading a lobbying campaign in the Senate for legislation that would enable widows of Laotian and Hmong soldiers who died fighting a secret, CIA-directed war in Laos to take U.S. citizenship exams with the aid of translators.

Lawrence Devlin, the Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Laos from 1967 to 1970, said the Immigration and Naturalization Service ruled that the war widows were not covered under a law that provides translation services to all Lao and Hmong veterans and their family members.

''I think their husbands paid in blood - over 10,000 were killed,'' Mr. Devlin said.