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The Cable That Solved The Mystery

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On the 21st of December, 1976 a car bomb detonated in downtown Washington DC, killing former Chilean foreign minister Orlando Letelier and his 26-year old American colleague, Ronni Karpen Moffitt.  The assassination was part of “Condor”, a multinational collaboration between Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and several other Latin American military dictatorships.   Condor’s aim was to find and kill opponents of the conspiring regimes.  Senior US State Department officials were tipped off to the assassination plans and arrangements were made to send a diplomatic démarche which expressed “our deep concern” over “plans for the assassination of subversives, politicians, and prominent figures both within the national borders of certain Southern Cone countries and abroad.”  The US ambassador’s instructions to deliver the démarche however were rescinded and five days latter one of the Condor assassinations exploded in DC.

A long standing mystery has been Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s role in rescinding the Condor démarche, but with the uncovering of Kissinger’s cable, the answer to that mystery has finally come to light.  Earlier this week, The National Security Archive published it’s report on the new revelation that it was in fact Kissinger himself who blocked any further action being taken to deter the “Condor scheme”.

IF you want to learn more on the subject of Kissinger, Chile and Pinochet, a wealth of information can be found at the National Security Archives.  Also, audio recordings of Kissinger and Nixon discussing Chile were posted on Knosha in 2008 and are worth going back to for a listen.  While you’re at it, you may want to give this a listen too:

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New Light on Tlatelolco Massacre

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The National Security Archives website has posted documents and commentary shedding light on the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre of protesting students.  The official story had long been that communist forces infiltrated the students and opened fire on soldiers, which led to violent reprisal by the troops under fire.  The information now made available by the US and Mexican governments reveals a story almost too twisted to be believed.  A branch of the Mexican military known as the Presidential Guard posted snipers in buildings surrounding the site of the protest.  The snipers, however, were not there to target the protesters.  Rather, the snipers attacked the troops stationed around the protest, leading the soldiers to believe the protesters were firing on them.  What followed was a bloody retaliation that left untold numbers of students dead and wounded.

Radio Diaries has a program available to listen to that interviews witnesses 40 years after the massacre.

The video bellow is archival footage in which you can see flashes from the sniper rifles that started the shooting.

Written by Aaron Nee

December 15, 2008 at 1:50 am