The Freedom Fighter's Manual

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Front cover of the manual

The Freedom Fighter's Manual is the title of a fifteen-page propaganda booklet that was manufactured by the United States Central Intelligence Agency and airdropped over Nicaragua in 1983, with the stated goal of providing a "Practical guide to liberating Nicaragua from oppression and misery by paralyzing the military-industrial complex of the traitorous marxist state". The manual explains several methods by which the average citizen could cause civil disorder.[1] A Contra fighter gave the manual to a U.S. reporter in Honduras in 1984.[2]


A page of the manual showing a man unnecessarily calling in sick to work, diminishing productivity, especially in the nationalized industries of a Communist country.

The publication describes many ways in which the average citizen could disrupt the everyday workings of the government. It begins with actions that require little to no risk at all, such as hiding or destroying important tools, calling in sick for work, and leaving lights and faucets on. It then progresses to instruct people to steal food from the government, release livestock from farming cooperatives, make false reports of fires and crimes, and sever telephone lines. Four pages are devoted to disabling vehicles. By the end of the pamphlet, there are detailed diagrams showing how to make Molotov cocktails and use them to firebomb police stations.

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  1. ^ Blum, William (September 2014). Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II - Updated Edition. Zed Books. p. 295. ISBN 9781783601776.
  2. ^ "Cold War Freedom Fighter's Manual". CNN. Archived from the original on February 10, 2006.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)

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