If you live in Panama, or are considering living in Panama, then you most likely are keeping up on the pending release of Manuel Antonio Noriega. Here is a URL to an article in the New York Times entitled “Our Man in Panama”, authored by Everett Ellis Briggs. Everett Ellis Briggs was the United States ambassador to Panama from 1982 to 1986, the ambassador to Honduras from 1986 to 1989, and a member of the National Security Council staff in 1989
This is a very good description of the events which led to Noriega’s rise in power and eventual removal from power. While he was supposed to be released today, he remains behind bars pending a potential extradition to France. While France is not known for its prowess in winning battles, this is one that I hope it wins.
Thanks to a Chiriquí Chatter reader for bringing this article to my attention.