Tracking the Arms Pipeline

The U.S. presents new evidence of Nicaraguan meddling

Time and again, the Reagan Administration has charged Nicaragua with running a secret arms pipeline to the Marxist guerrillas of El Salvador. The insurgents deny the accusation, claiming that they capture most of their arms from U.S.-supported Salvadoran troops. Last week, in a bid to prove its case as Congress considered a request for additional military aid to El Salvador, the Administration opened its intelligence cupboard wider than ever before.

The most intriguing exhibits were blurry "low light" television footage taken from U.S. AC-130 reconnaissance aircraft off the Salvadoran coast. According to General Paul Gorman,...

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