The C.I.A. Advises Nicaraguans How to Sabotage the Sandinista Government

The C.I.A. airdropped thousands of these 15-page illustrated manuals telling "Nicaraguans who love their country and cherish freedom" how they could sabotage the Sandinista-led government. The leftist Sandinistas had overthrown a military dictatorship in 1979; the U.S. supported rightwing Contras in their efforts to remove the Sandinistas from power. A Contra fighter in Honduras, where the C.I.A. based its anti-Sandinista efforts, gave a copy of the manual to a reporter in 1984.

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Source | United States Central Intelligence Agency, The Freedom Fighter's Manual (New York: Grove Press, [1985]).
Creator | Central Intelligence Agency
Item Type | Pamphlet/Petition
Cite This document | Central Intelligence Agency, “The C.I.A. Advises Nicaraguans How to Sabotage the Sandinista Government,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed November 28, 2014, http://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1579.