Nicaragua Tales of a Sandinista Defector

An explosive saga of Soviet MiGs and Swiss bank accounts

Acceptance speeches by Nobel Peace prizewinners tend to be windy affairs, but Oscar Arias Sanchez's message last week was short, simple -- and aimed directly at the two superpowers. "Let Central Americans decide the future of Central America," the Costa Rican President told his Oslo audience. "Send our people plowshares instead of swords." Then Arias, who won his prize for formulating last summer's Central American peace plan, beamed happily as he accepted his gold medal.

On the same day in Washington, Major Roger Miranda Bengoechea met with American journalists for the first time since he defected from Nicaragua two months ago....

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