[Marxism] THE PINOCHET FILE: U.S. DECLASSIFIES MISSING DOCUMENTS IN THE LETELIER-MOFFITT CASE FINALLY THE VERDICT OF HISTORY ON PINOCHET's ROLE IN TERRORIST ACT

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 16:30:11 MDT 2015


> THE PINOCHET FILE:
> U.S. DECLASSIFIES MISSING DOCUMENTS IN THE LETELIER-MOFFITT CASE
> FINALLY THE VERDICT OF HISTORY ON PINOCHET's ROLE IN TERRORIST ACT
>
> National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 532
>
> Edited by Peter Kornbluh
>
> Posted - October 8, 2015
>
> For more information, contact:
> Peter Kornbluh: 202.994.7116 or nsarchiv at gwu.edu.
>
> Washington D.C., October 8, 2015 -- Chile's intelligence service
> assassinated exiled critic Orlando Letelier with a car bomb in 1976 on
> "direct orders" from Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, according to newly
> declassified documents personally delivered this week by Secretary of State
> John Kerry to Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.
>
> The 282 documents posted online today by the State Department total over
> 1,000 pages; they include a 1987 cable drafted by the State Department's
> intelligence bureau summarizing a series of informants' reports from years
> earlier in 1978, including the assertion by the head of Chile's
> intelligence agency, Manuel Contreras, that "he authorized the
> assassination of Letelier on orders from Pinochet," on "direct orders from
> Pinochet." Among the dozens of records released today were multiple witness
> interview transcripts by FBI agents working with Chilean detectives during
> a unique investigation undertaken in 1999/2000 by the Clinton Justice
> Department into General Pinochet's personal role in ordering and covering
> up an act of international terrorism in Washington D.C. on September 21,
> 1976.
>
> On that day, agents of the Chilean secret police detonated a bomb under
> the car of former Chilean foreign minister, Orlando Letelier, killing him
> and his colleague, Ronni Karpen Moffitt. Her husband, Michael Moffitt, was
> the sole survivor of the terrorist attack. Until 9/11, the car-bombing was
> the most significant act of international terrorism ever committed in the
> U.S. capital.
>
> Archive senior analyst Peter Kornbluh, author of The Pinochet File: A
> Declassified Dossier of Atrocity and Accountability (New York: New Press,
> 2003, 2013), described today's release as "a triumph for declassified
> diplomacy." Kornbluh's essay posted today on the National Security Archive
> web site, www.nsarchive.org, explains the background of the Letelier case
> documents, and the lengthy behind-the-scenes effort to obtain their
> declassifcation and release.
>
> The Archive also posted the January 22, 1987, cable summarizing
> intelligence on Pinochet and DINA's role in the assassination which quotes
> Contreras as telling a confidant "he authorized the assassination of
> Letelier on orders from Pinochet." Contreras is also quoted as telling
> Chilean military investigators that "all foreign operations had been
> approved by Pinochet and that [Contreras] had left sealed documents in
> several places in the event of his, Contreras' death."
>
> Check out today's posting at the National Security Archive -
> http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB532-The-Letelier-Moffitt-Assassination-Papers/
>
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