The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability (National Security Archive Book)

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9781565845862: The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability (National Security Archive Book)

Published on the 30th anniversary of General Pinochet's military coup, declassified documents that reveal the startling facts behind US collusion with the notorious Chilean dictator.

In the United States, as you know, we are sympathetic with what you are trying to do here....We want to help, not undermine you.—Henry Kissinger speaking confidentially to General Augusto Pinochet

The 1998 arrest of General Augusto Pinochet in Britain brought renewed attention to the dark days of his dictatorship and raised questions about America's role in bringing the General and his henchmen to power.

As a result of the efforts of Peter Kornbluh and the National Security Archive, thousands of the government records that spell out US government support of Pinochet have recently been declassified. The Pinochet File makes public many of the key and formerly secret records of the atrocity and complicity that are at the heart of the international campaign to hold this Chilean general legally accountable for murder, torture, and terrorism.

Peter Kornbluh's investigative narrative puts the documents in their historical context—exposing the efforts of Henry Kissinger, the White House and the CIA to conceal this history—and fills in the gaps of one of the most infamous chapters in the history of American foreign policy.

Among the formerly top-secret records in The Pinochet File are:
· Top-secret transcripts of Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger and other cabinet members discussing how to "bring Allende down."
· Minutes of top secret meetings, chaired by Kissinger, to determine covert operations in Chile.
· CIA Chile Task Force organizational and strategy documents.
· White House Situation Room cables welcoming General Pinochet to power.
· Defense Intelligence Agency organizational diagrams of Chile's repressive secret police, DINA.
· Chilean secret police records on Operation Condor.
· Intelligence reporting to Henry Kissinger on Condor.
· Comprehensive CIA, NSC and State Department reports on the September 1976 car bombing assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt.

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About the Author:

Peter Kornbluh, director of the National Security Archive's Chile Documentation Project, led the campaign to declassify official documentation of the secret history of US government support for the Pinochet dictatorship, and is the editor most recently of Bay of Pigs Declassified (The New Press). He lives in Maryland. The National Security Archive is a nonprofit research library of declassified US government documentation in Washington, DC.

From Publishers Weekly:

For years, the United States government maintained top-secret archives detailing its policy in Chile and its role in aiding and securing General Pinochet's rise to dictatorial power in the early 1970s. In this examination of the thousands of records recently declassified by the CIA, White House, NSC, Pentagon and FBI, Kornbluh offers new revelations about America's development of a policy dedicated to overthrowing Chile's existing democratic government and to replacing it with a military leader reviled for his complete disregard for human rights. Throughout the book, Kornbluh-a director of the National Security Archive, a nonprofit research library-buttresses his assertions with excerpts from the relevant documents, and attempts to shed light on some of the outstanding questions of the period that still beg for answers, including what motivated President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to authorize the bloody campaign and how involved the US government actually was in the September 1973 coup itself.
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