Synopses & Reviews
The 1998 arrest of General Augusto Pinochet in Britain brought renewed attention to the dark days of his dictatorship and raised questions about Americas 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 Kornbluhs 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 Chiles 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.
"Kornbluh...buttresses his assertions with excerpts from the relevant documents, and attempts to shed light on some of the outstanding questions of the period..." Publishers Weekly
"The evidence that Kornbluh has gathered is overwhelming. As Colin Powell recently remarked about the United States' role in the Pinochet coup, 'It is not a part of American history that we are proud of.'" The New Yorker
The October 1998 arrest of General Augusto Pinochet has renewed world awareness of the horrendous crimes against humanity committed during his regime. This groundbreaking book combines explosive primary documents with a leading expert's investigative expose of one of the most significant human rights cases of the 20th century.
This text comprises declassified documents from the CIA, Pentagon, White House and the Chilean secret police, about Pinochet's overthrow of Salvadore Allende in 1973 and the US's complicity in that coup. The previously unpublished documents are reproduced, introduced and contextualized.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -545).
About the Author
Peter Kornbluh, director of the National Security Archives 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, D.C.
Table of Contents
Project FUBELT : "formula for chaos" -- Destabilizing democracy : the United States and the Allende government -- Pinochet in power : building a regime of repression -- Consolidating dictatorship : the United States and the Pinochet regime -- American casualties -- Operation Condor : state-sponsored international terrorism -- Denouement of the dictator : from terrorism to transition-- Epilogue: Atrocity and accountability : the long epilogue of the Pinochet case.