Moscow Building Spy Site in Nicaragua-- SIGINT 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.
Retired Navy Cdr. Daniel Dolan, writing in the blog USNI News, stated
that the cost of the tanks, an estimated $80 million, is $9 million
more than the entire Nicaraguan defense budget for 2015.
“The acquisition of tanks is particularly perplexing to many in the
region since Nicaragua has relatively good relations with its neighbors,
has a growing tourist industry, and can boast in recent years as being
the safest country for foreign tourists in all of Central America,”
Dolan stated. “Additionally, the ruling Sandinista party (FSLN) does not
face a serious a challenge in the pending November elections.”
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