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Freedom for Jason Puracal!

The latest news on Jason Puracal, a Foss High School and University of Washington alum, is nothing short of fantastic – Jason is a free man.

The latest update on Puracal came from the Idaho Press-Tribune (9/14) at 4:17pm PDT, which stated that Puracal had been released from prison (Thursday) and had since left Nicaragua for an undisclosed location. Given the way the country treated him for the last two years, who would blame him for making a hasty, if unauthorized exit (I would have dug my way out of Nicaragua with a fork).

Puracal spent

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Political and media pressure lead to appeal for Jason Puracal

As a first generation American I have been witness to the freedoms and possibilities that life in this country guarantee. My parents moved here from Ireland and Canada in search of a cliche: The American Dream. My family’s prosperity is proof of its existence.

Flip that coin over and you will find the unfortunate expatriate, someone caught in the grip of a broken justice system. Far from their home, they have lost the basic freedoms guaranteed to Americans. They can only cling to the hope that the land of their birth has not forgotten them. That is the horrible reality of

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Puracal conviction is a verdict against U.S.

Jason Puracal is in a rough spot.

The Tacoma native, who was recently convicted in a Nicaraguan court of drug trafficking and money laundering, is either the fall-guy for the U.S. and its decades of intrigue against the Sandinistas, or else he is a very lousy and unlucky criminal.

At the moment, given the desperate nature of his situation, the reason hardly seems to matter.

Currently, Puracal is living in a tiny cell inhabited by other poor unfortunate souls, scores of rats, and what has been described as some very aggressive sex offenders. Few crimes, if indeed he committed any, warrant this type of inhumane circumstances. And if the reports of such conditions are true then the Nicaraguans are miles away from declaring their country the socialist paradise the Sandinistas claim it to be.

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