In­ter­na­tional mys­tery man de­cides on gov­er­nor bid

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

HE­LENA | Neil Liv­ing­stone has spent decades in the Dis­trict as a coun­tert­er­ror­ism ex­pert, de­scrib­ing big pay­days and deals with dic­ta­tors that could be just any old day at the of­fice.

Now he says he wants to leave all that be­hind to be­come Mon­tana’s gov­er­nor, where chair­ing the state land board and con­grat­u­lat­ing state foot­ball cham­pi­ons could count as ex­cit­ing.

Libyan doc­u­ments leaked last year stated that Mr. Liv­ing­stone was among a group seek­ing a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar pay­day to help Moam­mar Gad­hafi find a safe haven. Mr. Liv­ing­stone says it was part of an ef­fort to save lives by end­ing the civil strife.

For­mer as­so­ciates say Mr. Liv­ing­stone’s lat­est con­sult­ing firm called Ex­ec­u­tive Ac­tion, launched in 2007, was forced to close as busi­ness dried up.

Mr. Liv­ing­stone ar­gues un­wind­ing the com­pany was a “con­scious decision.”

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