A Little Help from Friends

"The U.S. Government has scrupulously avoided taking sides in the Salvadoran election." —State Department Spokesman John Hughes, May 4

"Insofar as theState Department is concerned, there's absolutely no funding to Mr.Duarte or, indeed, any party. Obviously we can't speak for theCIA." —John Hughes, May 9

As Hughes abruptly began backpedaling last week, yet another development in Central America became the focus of suspicion and dispute in Washington. Only two days after the Salvadoran election, Republican Senator Jesse Helms claimed that he had uncovered "a covert plan" under which CIA funds were directly funneled into the campaign of Christian Democrat...

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