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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1987
The Times perfects its blind spot on Nicaragua with its editorial "Nicaragua: New Challenges." The Times calls the negative and belligerent posture by the Sandinistas "ominous and perplexing"--as if this is a revelation. Yet The Times then says this is not a reason for Contra funding. That sentiment is proof-positive that The Times will bend over backwards to give the benefit of the doubt to a polished clique of Soviet puppets, rather than give any credit to Nicaraguan campesinos struggling for freedom.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1988
I read with interest two Op-Ed pieces on further assistance to the Nicaraguan armed resistance (Contras) on Jan. 20. The authors, Susan Kaufman Purcell and Jorge G. Castaneda, could not have expressed more divergent views on the important question of continuing our commitment to the Nicaraguan democratic resistance. While I subscribe to Purcell's analysis of the dangers inherent in abandoning the Contras at this time, I found this stinging debate over the merits of U.S. policy toward Central America to be a refreshing exercise in democracy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1988
I read with interest two Op-Ed pieces on further assistance to the Nicaraguan armed resistance (Contras) on Jan. 20. The authors, Susan Kaufman Purcell and Jorge G. Castaneda, could not have expressed more divergent views on the important question of continuing our commitment to the Nicaraguan democratic resistance. While I subscribe to Purcell's analysis of the dangers inherent in abandoning the Contras at this time, I found this stinging debate over the merits of U.S. policy toward Central America to be a refreshing exercise in democracy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1987
The Times perfects its blind spot on Nicaragua with its editorial "Nicaragua: New Challenges." The Times calls the negative and belligerent posture by the Sandinistas "ominous and perplexing"--as if this is a revelation. Yet The Times then says this is not a reason for Contra funding. That sentiment is proof-positive that The Times will bend over backwards to give the benefit of the doubt to a polished clique of Soviet puppets, rather than give any credit to Nicaraguan campesinos struggling for freedom.
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December 14, 1987 | ROBERT C. TOTH and MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writers
The White House, reacting to Sandinista government plans to build up its army and security forces to 600,000 and get Soviet MIG warplanes, repeated its previous warnings Sunday that the introduction of high performance weaponry and warplanes into Nicaragua will be treated "with the greatest seriousness."
NEWS
November 4, 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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November 3, 1987 | Associated Press
A Nicaraguan military officer believed to have access to highly sensitive information has defected to the United States, an Administration official said today. The official refused further comment, but published reports said the officer was familiar with the Sandinista government's tactics, strategy and intelligence operations. Maj. Roger Miranda Bengoechea, 34, abruptly left Nicaragua on Oct.
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December 23, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Gen. Adolfo Blandon, head of the Salvadoran joint chiefs of staff, said Tuesday he is skeptical about the future of a Central American peace plan and accused the Sandinistas of using the accord to consolidate their power in Nicaragua and expand their influence throughout the region. In issuing a year-end military review, Blandon also said that leftist Salvadoran guerrillas have stepped up their attacks since the five Central American presidents signed the agreement on Aug.
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December 19, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Television stations in El Salvador and Honduras are airing a CIA-produced videotape of Nicaraguan army defector Roger Miranda Bengoechea, in which he embraces the Contra cause and accuses Sandinista Defense Minister Humberto Ortega of philandering with the wives of his associates.
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December 15, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
President Daniel Ortega said Monday that Nicaragua is willing to negotiate over its plans for a 15-year military buildup if the United States stops funding the Contras and the Central American countries implement a peace agreement. Ortega spoke to reporters in an apparent attempt to soften the stance taken by his brother, Defense Minister Humberto Ortega, who revealed Saturday that Nicaragua planned to expand its armed forces to 600,000 by 1995 and secure advanced weaponry from the Soviet Union.
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December 14, 1987 | ROBERT C. TOTH and MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writers
The White House, reacting to Sandinista government plans to build up its army and security forces to 600,000 and get Soviet MIG warplanes, repeated its previous warnings Sunday that the introduction of high performance weaponry and warplanes into Nicaragua will be treated "with the greatest seriousness."
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