Panama: Gossip trumped security in ex-president's wiretap targets

Martinelli, who left office in July, is facing a rising tide of outrage not only over wiretapping – which focused more on gossip than national security – but also over reports of vast corruption.

By , McClatchy

Reuters

When the United States rejected former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli’s request for spying equipment to eavesdrop, US diplomats feared, on his political enemies, the former supermarket baron turned to another source: Israel.