Panama spies, their cunning plans

Panama's intelligence gathering messed up with imaginary plots, a paranoid president, a spy chief scheming to get the Israelis on board and attempts to protect the government against investigations into drug trafficking.

WikiLeaks: Martinelli’s illegal wiretap scheme

On August 5, we reported how the US had tried to recoup wiretapping equipment it had previously donated to the Panamanians because the equipment was being used for unlawful purposes such as political espionage. Newly released cables from WikiLeaks now reveal how Martinelli tried to blackmail the US into assisting him with an illegal espionage operation.