Some Lesser Known Facts About Manuel Noriega
- Did Manuel Noriega smoke:? Not Known
- Did Manuel Noriega drink alcohol:? Yes
- He was born as Manuel Antonio Noriega Morena in Panama City, the Republic of Panama.
- His father, Ricaurte Noriega, was an accountant.
- At the age of 5, Noriega was abandoned by his parents. Later, he was raised by his aunt, Mama Luisa.
- In 1968, he became the Lieutenant of the Panama National Guard.
- In 1970, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
- In 1971, he visited the United States at the request of the US Government to help secure the release of the crews of 2 American freighters seized by the Cuba.
- In 1983, he became the Chief of Military Intelligence.
- In August 1983, he was promoted to General and Commander of the National Guard.
- He took command of the Panamanian Army and remained military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1990.
- On 20 December 1989, the United States invaded Panama and launched “Operation Just Cause” to oust Noriega.
- On 3 January 1990, he surrendered to the US Army.
- On 10 July 1992, the US Court sentenced him to 40 years in prison.
- On 4 March 1999, the US Court reduced his sentence to 30 years.
- On 26 April 2010, he was extradited to France after Hillary Clinton (the then US Secretary of State) signed an extradition order.
- On 11 December 2011, a French Appeals Court extradited him to Panama to serve out his sentences for past crimes.
- On 5 February 2012, Noriega was hospitalized in Panama City for hypertension and a possible stroke.
- On 9 May 2012, he was hospitalized in Panama City for bronchitis.
- On 15 July 2014, he filed a lawsuit against the Activision Blizzard (a video game company) for harming his reputation with the game, “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.”
- On 24 June 2015, Noriega apologized on Telemetro (the local broadcaster) to his country for the offenses of his regime.
- On 12 May 2016, his doctor reported that he will need to undergo a surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.
- On 29 May 2017, he died after suffering a hemorrhage following brain surgery.
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