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Former Dictator Manuel Noriega Thinks Call of Duty Makes Him Look Bad

28 Aug 2007, Panama --- Manuel Noriega takes part in a news conference at the Atlapa center in this file photo in Panama City in this October 11,1998 file photo . A U.S. judge on Tuesday approved the extradition of former Panamanian strongman Noriega to France, where he is accused of money laundering, when his long Florida prison sentence ends next month. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe/File (PANAMA) --- Image by ? Reuters/Reuters/Corbis
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Like Lindsay Lohan before him, Panama’s onetime dictator Manuel Noriega is suing the video game company Activision for using his likeness without permission. Noriega, who has a character named for him in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, says the game paints him as “a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state.” For what it’s worth, Noriega has been convicted of both kidnapping and murder.

In the game, the 80-year-old, who went back to Panama in 2011 after 22 years in American and French prisons, is portrayed as a friend of the CIA who then betrays them. In real life, he was a friend of the CIA until his propensity for offing his opponents soured the relations with the U.S. Noriega is asking for damages and a cut of the game’s enormous profits.

Noriega Thinks Call of Duty Makes Him Look Bad