Cablegate Chronicles: The Public Torture of Bismarck Carballo

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A State Department official summarizes a crime committed by Nicaragua's corrupt FLSN regime.

FROM: MANAGUA, NICARAGUA
TO: STATE DEPARTMENT
DATE: MAY 5, 2006
CLASSIFICATION: FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
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¶15. (U) The FSLN regularly harassed, arrested, and abused the Catholic Church and civil society. In August 1982 the FSLN set a trap for Monsignor Bismarck Carballo, who ran the Church's independent Radio Corporation by luring him to the home of a woman who claimed to be having domestic problems and needed his help. FSLN thugs assaulted Caballo, stripped him naked and then trotted him in front of the national media waiting outside in a disgusting effort to discredit the priest.

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