U.S.-Nicaragua deal freed 222 people but may have boosted a dictator

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Maria Jose Aragon holds a Nicaraguan flag as she hugs Maria Jose Martinez, both recently released political prisoner from Nicaragua, during a news conference at the office of Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava on Feb. 15, 2023, in Miami. | Lynne Sladky/AP Photo “For the prisoners, it’s good. For the country, it sucks,” said Eddy Acevedo, a Republican former Capitol Hill staffer who has helped craft U.S. policy on Nicaragua over the past seven years. “Ortega just deported his whole opposition. What happens if this gets replicated in other countries?” The U.S. will keep on or possibly intensify the pressure...