Manuel Noriega
Alicia Laliberte

1) Profile of your leader

      The leader Manuel  was born february 11th 1934 in panama. He was born from an accountant and the accountants maid in a poor section of panama city.  By the age of five he was given up for adoption and given to a school teacher. Throughout Manuels education he attended a national institution even though he wanted to go to a medical school to become a doctor. He was not financially stable enough to proceed a career in a medical field. Later he  accepted a scholarship to go to Chorrios Military Academy in Peru, he graduated with a degree in engineering, in 1962. When he returned to Panama he became a sublieuntant in the national gaurd.  AS his military career rose Torrijos took notice and had him obtain command of Chiriqui. Since he was blossoming in the military he got involved in U.S Intelligence activities. In 1971  he was sent to Havana Cuba at the request from the U.S president Richard Nixon. After Torrijos was killed in a mysterious plane crash Manuel was given the power for the head of security scene. In 1980 He was accused of being invalid with the Iron-Contra affair which consisted of smuggling weapons and drugs to aid U.S undercover efforts to support the anti-government forces opposing the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. In 1988 he was indicated in U.S court on drug charges. Then in 1989 he was also accused of rigging elections. By january 3rd 1990 he surrendered and was brought to the U.S of war status to face charges of drug-trafficking, money-laundering and racketeering. In France 1990 he was convicted for using 3 million drugs from colombias medallion drug cartel drug trade money to get property. In 2007 he was sentenced to 17 years in miami prison. But was extraide to France and only served

2) Audio/Visual/Artistic Element


  • Finally, in an extended paragraph (replace the text in this space so it appears below your embedded media), analyze your chosen piece, focusing on any dictatorial qualities that might be apparent in the clip provided.

3) Creative Piece

4) Essential Question

Why did no one stop him when they had believed that he was snuggling all the illegal items?

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