Manuel Noriega was a military dictator who ruled Panama for several years until he was captured and imprisoned after the US invasion of Panama in 1989. Noriega was recently depicted in the Call of Duty game Black Ops 2. In the mission Suffer With Me, you are tasked with capturing him.

Manuel Antonio Noriega

Noriega claims the game depicts him as “the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorized to use plaintiff’s image and likeness. This caused plaintiffs to receive profits they would not have otherwise received.”

It should be noted that Noriega was first tried and convicted in the US for eight counts of drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering. After being found guilty, Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison but it was later reduced to 30. After 17 years he was released due to good behavior and on September 9th 2007 he was released.


The French Government then had him extradited so he could be tried for money laundering, murder, and human rights violations. He was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison in France. In 2011, the new Panama Government requested he be extradited to Panama to face a trial for human rights violations there. Noriega is now imprisoned there.

One of Noriega’s more heinous crimes was conspiracy to murder a man named Hugo Spadafora. Spadafora was a critic of Noriega’s and denounced him. Upon entering Panama, Spadafora was captured and his decapitated body was found in a post bag. The autopsy revealed that he had been brutally tortured before he was killed.

Somehow Activision’s “crime” isn’t looking so bad. They can certainly afford a good lawyer.



Written by Thom Edwards

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