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PostMy Nicaraguan Jail Saga, Part III (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA, 08/15/19 7:59 am)
Gary Moore writes:
Responding to JE's further questions about my prison experience in Nicaragua: yes, being "disappeared" into a windowless cell was very frightening, as it was meant to be. I got to observe firsthand some of the psychological effects of such fear: 1) an extreme feeling of how stupid I was to have gotten into this mess, manifested even in seeing symbols of stupidity in chance stains and shadows; and 2) as I mentioned, an awe-inspiring acceleration of thought process, leading strangely to me figuring out where my hosts were coming from psychologically and how to use it against them, a kind of Br'er Rabbit jiu jitsu. But don't try this at home, kids. Results not guaranteed.
Once their clever interrogation had discovered I was an advance scout for the moguls of Hollywood, I was finally allowed to contact the American consulate, and a nice guy came over to the windowless volcano top (maybe Timothy Brown knew him) and wanted to make an international news release out of this oppression of journalistic freedom. But, again stupidly, I thought of how such sudden news--while I was still in prison--might scare my family to death, so I asked him not to. Disappointedly but considerately, he agreed. I did later write a Wall Street Journal piece about it. A patrol car took me to the Costa Rican border, amid other pratfalls and bumps, and that was that.
JE comments: I'll remember that Hollywood ploy if the need arises. Gary, I couldn't find the WSJ piece on-line, but you did make the Congressional Record (1990). Please tell us more!
It's Good I Stayed Away from Gary Moore's Nicaraguan Volcano
(Timothy Brown, USA
08/17/19 1:10 PM)
It's probably just as well I didn't show up to visit Gary Moore in his volcano-top Nicaraguan jail. At the request of Washington, from 1987 through 1990 I was head of the Special Liaison Officer (SLO) to the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance in Central America, both its political and armed branches, a unique compartmentalized State Department (yes, State not spook) inside the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Decades earlier (1956-'59), I had been a Marine Guard in Managua, come to know socially later activists from both sides of of the so-called "Contra War"--from the real first leader of the Sandinista Front, Noel Guerrero Santiago ("El Patriarco") (see page 52 in my book Diplomarine), who told me during his videotaped Oral History that he was a COMINTERN agent, a surprise assertion I was able to cross-check with Guerrero's Honduran wife, as well as with José Puente León (Ch. 2 in my When the AK-47s Fall Silent), and Carlos Fonseca's widow, María Hayde Terán Naves (pg 38 in AKs). Carlos Fonseca Amador later became the FSLN's best-known leader.
PS. I still have a copy of Fonseca's Un nicaragüense en Moscú (Publicaciones Unidad, Managua 1958) that I bought in Managua. Some manuscripts he wrote while in prison in Costa Rica are now in the Hoover Archives of Stanford.
JE comments: I've collected a few dozen books about the Soviet Union written by Latin Americans, but not Fonseca's tome. Tim, did Fonseca receive "training" in the USSR, or was he there on a short visit?