A Tainted Report?

When an "independent investigation" of alleged atrocities against Nicaraguan civilians by contra forces was released last month, much of the press, including TIME, treated the report as the work of a neutral observer, even though the document owned up to a number of circumstances that might have raised some questions about its objectivity. For one thing, the investigation was conceived by a Washington law firm (Reichler & Appelbaum) that represents the Sandinista government. For another, the two fact finders, New York Lawyer Reed Brody and Washington Law Student James Bordelon, lived in a government residence while in Managua and were given...

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