NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DAILY (CABLE) FOR THURSDAY, 8 AUGUST 1985 -- NICARAGUA-US

Created: 8/8/1985

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NICAHAGUA-US-COSTA HICA- US Peace Activlit. Held

Tha reported capture of US peace activists and (ournalists oy anti-SanOlnlBta insurgents in southern Nicaragua yesterday will ne used both the insurgents and regime torrnss reports Indicate lhat someembers of al organisation anCozen reporters traveling on Ihe San Juan River took fire from Costa Rica and were forced to disembark on Costa Prcan territory, apparently by members cf Eden Pastoralspokesman for Pastora has denied his forces are involved,

Comment: Dos pile the denial. Pastora's forces are the likelyot this action. Pastora, who p'obeDly calculated that potential publicity gains In seizing tha group outweighed the risks, ts liKely lo release the activists unharmed. Ho probably is seeking to demonstrate that be still holds sway In the sooth despite the regime's recent claims to have driven bis forces into Costa Rica. The Sandlnlsias likelyccuse Both Pastora and the USagression" against unarmed civilians. Managua also will be quick to argue mat the modem belles San Jose's conterrtion that ih<-insurgents oo not operate out oi Costa mean territory.

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