Foreword and Acknowledgments to 1984 Edition
Esse non videri
—Roman adage (“Be, but do not be seen”)
On Septembet 8, 1983, a twin engine propeller plane suddenly appeared over the international airport at Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, and began dropping bombs. Hit by ground fire, the mystery plane screamed to a crash at the base of the airport’s control tower.
Sandinista forces found the two pilots dead but recovered a Panamanian customs declaration indicating that the plane, a Cessna 404, had been flown from Panama City to San José, Costa Rica; other documents contained instructions for making secret contact with an American official at the United States Embassy there. CIA officers had been working out of the embassy, supplying Nicaraguan rebels ...