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The World

November 04, 1987

The CIA persuaded a senior Nicaraguan military aide to defect to the United States with important strategic information, including a plan to arm 600,000 citizens in a people's militia, Defense Minister Humberto Ortega said. Maj. Roger Miranda Bengoechea, the head of the Defense Ministry secretariat, left Nicaragua secretly on Oct. 25 carrying documents and other military information, Ortega said in a news conference in Managua. The officer later sought asylum in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

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