Nicaragua: Managua's Man in D.C.

When contra negotiators sat down last week they found themselves facing not only two Sandinistas but also an American lawyer. Paul Reichler, 40, has represented the Sandinista government for the past nine years. "I'm a lawyer, I'm a professional, and above all I'm an American," says Reichler. "I believe the war against Nicaragua is against the interests of my own country."

Reichler's background is not exactly revolutionary. The son of a baseball writer for the Associated Press and an ardent fan himself, Reichler grew up on Long Island. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1973, he joined the Washington law...

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