Noriega: You Have to Live Here to Understand

On the eve of last Friday's demonstration against his rule, General Manuel Antonio Noriega sat down to respond in writing to questions submitted by TIME Correspondent John Moody. It was the first interview he had granted to a U.S. news organization since the recent outbreak of unrest. Excerpts:

On the charges leveled against him by Colonel Roberto Diaz Herrera. There are problems in which each man is the creator of his own tribulations. We public figures are exposed to all kinds of slander. In this case, everyone knows that this former colleague suffers from mental disturbances that have been exploited by...

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