CIA Documents on Allende

Chris Brady chris_brady at
Tue Oct 31 14:04:42 MST 2000

Lou, d'you recall the months-long debate I had with Professor
Andrew Daitsman about Chile on the H-Rad history list?  One of our
disagreements concerned his contention that the US was not responsible
for the coup, but rather internal factors and domestic forces toppled
the incompetent Reds from power.  Note the first sentence from the
following NCC report:

CIA to Release Chile Documents: The CIA has reversed course and
has agreed to release 700 documents next month [Nov.13] about CIA
covert operations in Chile that undermined socialist President
Salvadore Allende and helped set the stage for the 1973 coup that
brought General Augusto Pinochet to power. Last August, CIA Director
George Tenet announced the agency's decision to withhold the documents
in order to safeguard CIA intelligence methods. The White House,
however, strongly advocated a release of documents and favored maximum
disclosure.  The release will include all but about two dozen covert
action documents.  The National Security Archive - which has long
advocated the release of the Chile documents - views Tenent's decision
as a "partial victory for openness over secrecy."

From: NEWS BITS AND BYTES: Item #1, [in]
NCC WASHINGTON UPDATE, Vol. 6, #37, October 26, 2000
by Bruce Craig <rbcraig3 at> of the National Coordinating
Committee for the Promotion of History

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