Grapevine: Nov. 14, 1988

NO SALE. Panama's Manuel Antonio Noriega is chuckling at the prospect of Ferdinand Marcos standing trial in the U.S. When the former Philippine President was searching for a suitable place of exile, Noriega offered to sell him Panama's Contadora Island for a trifling $400 million. The Marcoses "could have easily paid for the island," says a Noriega confidant. "The general always said they were too greedy."

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