Honduras: Foiling a Coup

The FBI springs a trap

The conspirators had met with the assassin two dozen times over the past two months. They had paid him $100,000, plus $20,000 in expense fees, and promised him $200,000 more after the deed was done. His mission: kill Roberto Suazo Cordova, 57, President of Honduras, before mid-November. During the civil chaos that would presumably follow the assassination, the plotters intended to seize control of the Central American state. There was one catch: unknown to them, the hired assassin was working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The bureau...

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