Noriega, former CIA agent who got on wrong side of the US

Noriega, former CIA agent who got on wrong side of the USThe late Manuel Antonio Noriega’s public persona was extinguished nearly three decades ago, when the United States toppled him in an invasion that spoke volumes about Cold War tensions at the time. Noriega’s ignominious ouster by US troops in December 1989 was a dramatic fall from power for a man who had risen through the ranks of Panama’s military while working for the CIA, to become de facto ruler of a country that hosts the strategic Panama Canal. The ex-strongman was captured and imprisoned in the United States, France and later Panama under a variety of charges, ranging from drug trafficking, money laundering and forced disappearances.



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