153. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to Vice President Mondale 1
- Panama: Sabotage Planning
[1 line not declassified] there was an item on the above subject.2 You asked what are we doing about this.
On March 10, Stan Turner provided me additional information on the subject. This information is attached. Also, an additional item [1 line not declassified] That report3 stated that [less than 1 line not declassified] called on the Panamanian Intelligence Chief—Lt. Col. Noriega—on the pretext of seeking further information concerning the alleged plan of anti-Castro exiles to place bombs in the Zone. Noriega was told, and appeared to agree, that any bombing would almost surely be blamed on Panama with dire effects on ratification prospects.[Page 394]
I am of the opinion that Noriega got the message [less than 1 line not declassified] was sending. Stan Turner will continue to monitor this situation.
Please let me know if you have additional thoughts on this subject.