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Special Assignment (Nicaragua: Ortega) #95654

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 22, 1985
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(Studio) United States government's perception of Nicaragua's Sandinista government noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Managua, Nicaragua) Nicaraguan President Dan. Ortega profiled; films shown. His role in overthrow of US-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza recalled; his international popularity and emulation of Fidel Castro's costuming noted. [Carnegie Endowment for International Peace spokesperson Robert LEIKEN - thinks popularity of Sandinistas is function of unpopularity of Reagan's policies.] [ORTEGA - (thru translator) describes his imprisonment under Somoza regime; discusses United States responsibility for abuses under Somoza, Reagan's effort to destroy Nicaraguan revolution.] [LEIKEN - considers revolution's decline into civil war.] Sandinista successes considered.
REPORTER: John McWethy

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John
Duration:
00:04:00

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