Panama: Sincerely, Manuel

Writing from Miami, Noriega stirs up trouble back home

Stuck in a subterranean Miami jail cell and facing charges that could keep him imprisoned for life, Manuel Antonio Noriega would seem to be a beaten man. So much for appearances. According to federal law-enforcement officials, Noriega is fomenting trouble by penning political directives and having them faxed to his followers back home.

Although the former ruler is legally entitled to communicate with the outside world, U.S. officials contend that he is intimidating witnesses who may be called to testify against him and is urging followers to harass the U.S.-backed government of President Guillermo Endara. "He's saying such things as our...

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