MEXICO: The Price of Freedom

The lushly flowered city of Guadalajara has long been considered a prize post by American diplomats: the climate seems like eternal spring, the ambience is relaxed and the U.S. consul general's home is a monument to comfortable living. From now on, though, Foreign Service officers may be a bit apprehensive about the assignment. Two weeks ago, while returning home from a local police exhibition on law enforcement, U.S. Consul General Terrance Leonhardy (a 21-year career man) was kidnaped by four armed men. An hour after he was spirited away, ransom notes turned up, demanding on behalf of the "Revolutionary...

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