A former vice president in Nicaragua's Sandinista government says the movement received crucial financial aid from Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez, who died this week.
Novelist Sergio Ramirez tells the Managua newspaper La Prensa that Perez gave the movement more than $1 million to help the guerrillas topple Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979.
The revelation is notable partly because current Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez mounted an unsuccessful 1992 coup against Perez. And Chavez himself is now a key backer of the Sandinista party that Perez helped first aided.
Ramirez eventually split with the Sandinista party because of his opposition to its leader, Daniel Ortega.