August 19, 1993 |
Wrapped in mystery, deceit and double-dealing, the scandal seemed to point to business as usual. It began with the alleged secret purchase--in Panama's name--of 25,000 submachine guns purportedly destined for Bosnia-Herzegovina in violation of an international arms embargo. Accusations reached as high as the office of the president of Panama. A Panamanian diplomat was implicated, documents were doctored and top politicians ran for cover.