The White House ordered a new look at several hundred files that the CIA intends to withhold when it releases American documents about the 1973 military coup in Chile.
In the 1960s and the early 1970s, as part of the US Government policy to try to influence events in Chile, the CIA undertook specific covert action projects in Chile.
After 27 years of withholding details about covert activities following the 1973 military coup in Chile, the CIA released a report acknowledging its close relations with General Augusto Pinochet’s violent regime.
The CIA is acknowledging for the first time the extent of its deep involvement in Chile, where it dealt with coup-plotters, false propagandists and assassins.
The former chief of the Chilean secret police, convicted of masterminding a lethal car bombing in Washington in 1976, was an informer for the CIA when the bombing occurred.
The CIA maintained relations with a top Chilean intelligence official, even though he was considered one of the country's major human rights violators.
The CIA and the former head of the Chilean secret police are scrambling to blame each other for a series of murders at home and abroad, including a notorious 1976 car bombing in Washington.
Covert US operations in Chile to instigate the coup in 1970 and aimed at undermining Allende were all explicitly approved by President Nixon and Henry Kissinger.
A month before the assassination of Letelier and Moffitt in 1976, the US government ordered its envoys in Latin America to try to avert a plot to murder leftist opponents of the region's governments.
The step taken today by Judge Guzman will hopefully lead to Pinochet's trial on the charges brought against him.
Chile's Supreme Court today threw out an indictment and house arrest order against retired Gen. Augusto Pinochet, but it also cleared the way for a new indictment.
Pinochet Watch is an electronic news service of the Institute for Policy Studies.
A Chilean magistrate reinstated the indictment and house arrest of Gen. Augusto Pinochet on charges stemming from the killing of 57 political prisoners and the disappearance of 18 others.
The detention and the subsequent legal proceedings against Pinochet represented an enormous victory for human rights and set an important precedent for international law.
Light Among Shadows documents a journey from the darkness of tyranny to the dawning of a new era for champions of human rights the world over.
A poem for Orlando Letelier.
A poem for Orlando Letelier, Sheridan Circle Memorial, 24 September 2000.
A poem for Orlando Letelier, Sheridan Circle Memorial Service, 18 September 1977.