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December 28, 1989 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vatican's representative in Panama City has granted authority to the U.S. Army to free any embassy employees who might be taken hostage by former Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega or others who have taken refuge in the Vatican's embassy there, according to a document obtained by The Times. One U.S. official interpreted the authorization as an invitation to the U.S. military to seize Noriega, who took refuge in the embassy on Christmas Eve.
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December 28, 1989 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vatican's representative in Panama City has granted authority to the U.S. Army to free any embassy employees who might be taken hostage by former Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega or others who have taken refuge in the Vatican's embassy there, according to a document obtained by The Times. One U.S. official interpreted the authorization as an invitation to the U.S. military to seize Noriega, who took refuge in the embassy on Christmas Eve.
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