Panama: Fact and Fiction

Fact and Fiction

Gone though he may be, Manuel Antonio Noriega continues to provide work for the new government's auditors. One of the juicier tidbits they claim to have found is that Noriega had a computer wired directly into the national treasury account, into which he could dip at will. He also allegedly supplemented his $8,000 monthly salary and expenses by drawing on the $10,000 generated daily by the country's lottery. Panamanian officials claim that two days before the U.S. invasion, Noriega transferred some $10 million of his own funds from Panama probably to Hong Kong. That money has not yet been traced.

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