January 31, 1988 |
American rancher James Jordan Denby, jailed since being shot down while flying his light plane over Nicaragua on Dec. 6, was released Saturday into the custody of Democratic U.S. Senate contender Bill Press of California. Denby, 58, who had been accused of working with the Contras, then flew with Press to Los Angeles in a chartered luxury jet.
April 30, 1987 |
Americans such as Benjamin E. Linder, who was killed Tuesday during an attack by U.S.-backed rebels in Nicaragua, understand the risks involved when they go abroad into areas of "guerrilla war," White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Wednesday. And Linder, in a legal document filed last fall, referred to the dangerous nature of his work as a result of U.S. policy in Nicaragua. Fitzwater said President Reagan has been informed of the incident, in which Linder and two Nicaraguans were killed.
March 5, 1988 |
A film about an American adventurer who took over Nicaragua more than 100 years ago was a box-office flop in the United States, but it has been drawing long lines in Managua. A downtown movie house has been packed since the film "Walker" opened Feb. 25. That's an unusual occurrence because the $5 tickets cost more than many workers earn in a day.
June 2, 1996 |
Former Nicaraguan rebels released a kidnapped American election observer and her driver Saturday in jungle-covered northeastern Nicaragua, a government official said. Cynthia Gersony, 41, of New York City, was "freed by the rearmed Contra group that kidnapped her yesterday near the Honduran border," government spokesman Emigdio Quintero said.
April 21, 1988
The family of American Benjamin Linder, who was slain by rebels in Nicaragua last year, filed a $50-million wrongful death suit in Miami against Contra leaders. The suit alleges that Linder, a 27-year-old volunteer from Portland, Ore., who was working on a hydroelectric project for the Nicaraguan government, was tortured, then shot dead at point-blank range as he lay wounded after a rebel ambush on April 28, 1987.
February 2, 1988 |
The code words "Cousin," "Basketball" and "Bogey" never will go down in history with the likes of "Rawhide," "Plumbers" and "Overlord," but they did provide the secret heart of a bilingual vocabulary used to spring American rancher James Jordan Denby from a Nicaraguan prison.