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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.

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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