Manuel Antonio Noriega was born in the poor section of Panama City in 1934 to a maid, his mother, and accountant, his father. When he was just five years old, he was given up for adoption and his aunt rescued him. He later attended the National Institute and later accepted a scholarship to the Chorrios Military Academy in Peru. He graduated from there in 1962 with an engineering degree and later returned to become a sublieutenant in the Panamanian National Guard. In 1983, Manuel Noriega unified the armed forces into the Panamanian Defense Forces and promoted himself to the rank of the general and became the de facto leader of Panama. When 1989 came along, Noriega cancelled all presidential elections within Panama and strived to rule through a puppet government. After a military coup against Noriega failed, the United States invaded Panama causing Manuel Noriega to surrender in 1990. Manuel was arrested and remains in custody today.
Sir Manuel Noriega,