Vladimir Putin and Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, 2014. Photo: Tanjug
Washington Free Beacon: Moscow Building Spy Site in Nicaragua
Signals intelligence facility part of deal for 50 Russian tanks.
The Russian government is building an electronic intelligence-gathering facility in Nicaragua as part of Moscow’s efforts to increase military and intelligence activities in the Western Hemisphere.
The signals intelligence site is part of a recent deal between Moscow and Managua involving the sale of 50 T-72 Russian tanks, said defense officials familiar with reports of the arrangement.
The tank deal and spy base has raised concerns among some officials in the Pentagon and nations in the region about a military buildup under leftist Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega.
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WNU Editor: This intelligence agreement is just a continuation of past agreements. And while Nicaragua has been one of the lowest spending nations in Latin America on its military, it is shifting course .... Nicaragua drops $80 million on Russian tanks (TICO Times).