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CIA accused of sabotage at Nicaraguan port in '83

The Central Intelligence Agency directed a sabotage raid against the key Nicaraguan port of Corinto last year, destroying 3.2 million gallons of fuel and forcing the town's evacuation, intelligence sources said Tuesday.

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They said that like the harbor mining, the Oct. 10 Corinto raid, three months before the mining, was carried out by CIA-hired Latin mercenaries who reached the port by speedboat from an offshore mother ship, where American CIA agents directed the operation.

''This was totally a CIA operation,'' said one source, adding that the raid marked the first time the spy agency entered directly into the fighting against the leftist Nicaraguan government.

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