NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 17, 1983
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(Studio) Former Sandinista and now guerrilla leader Comandante Zero's role in Nicaragua's civil war noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Nicaragua) Comandante Zero, actually Eden Pastora, profiled; films shown-. Criticism of his pursuit of personal glory in deserting revolution noted. [PASTORA - (thru translator) supports democracy, opposes communism] His followers noted representative by Sandinista deserter Antonio Sevela. [GUERRILLA - considers Pastora great leader] Extent of supporters' loyalty to Pastora described; his denial that Sandinistas received Cuban military aid during efforts to overthrow Anastasio Somoza recalled. [PASTORA - (thru translator) remains committed to liberty.] His acknowledgement that Cuban and USSR aid was basis of his desertion from Sandinista government noted.
REPORTER: Bonnie Anderson
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