PANAMA SHADY BUSINESS Heat is on the top general

In a region known for tolerating shady military men, Panamanian General Manuel Antonio Noriega has long had a reputation for being more corrupt than most. Last week evidence came to light that suggested Noriega's reputation is well deserved. Relying on U.S. intelligence reports, both the New York Times and NBC News detailed charges that the military strongman is involved in smuggling drugs and weapons, laundering money and selling U.S. intelligence secrets to Cuba. Most damning, Noriega, who as commander of Panama's armed forces essentially runs the country, was linked to the September 1985 murder of Dr. Hugo Spadafora, a leading critic...

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