U.S. Government Documents:
The Scene in Chile -- Oct. 14, 1970:
of the plan to kidnap Army Chief of Staff Rene Schneider and related political
maneuvers in Chile.
(In Adobe Acrobat format, size: 193KB. Requires the free Acrobat
U.S. Reconsiders Role -- Oct. 15, 1970:
of a White House conversation between Henry Kissinger, then President Nixon's
national security adviser, CIA Deputy Director Thomas Karamessines and Kissinger
adviser Alexander Haig.
(In Adobe Acrobat format, size: 219KB. Requires the
free Acrobat Reader.)
U.S. Discourages Schneider Kidnapping-- Oct. 16,
1970: A communiqué from the CIA to U.S. intelligence agents in
Santiago warning against a plan at that moment to kidnap a Chilean military official.
(In Adobe Acrobat format, size: 138KB. Requires the free Acrobat
Memorandum of Conversation -- June 8, 1976:
The transcript of a conversation between Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and
Chilean President Augusto Pinochet regarding human rights abuses in Chile.
(In Adobe Acrobat format, size: 452KB. Requires the free Acrobat
Later: The U.S. Role in the Toppling of Salvador Allende and Supporting
On Sept. 11, 1973, a military coup led by Augusto Pinochet ousted the
elected socialist government of Salvador Allende. Pinochet would rule
the country for the next 17 years. The role of the United States in
promoting his coup and backing his military regime has been debated
since the general seized power.
2001, the Clinton administration released thousands of pages of classified documents,
many of which shed new light on American policy in the region.
NewsHour's Elizabeth Farnsworth sat down to discuss the documents with
then-national security adviser Henry Kissinger. On the 30th anniversary
of the coup, the interview, excerpts
of which appeared in a February 2001 NewsHour report, is now published
in an extended format. The
documents referred to in this interview are provided within the transcript.
documents are also available on this Web page (see left column) or at
State Department's Chile Declassification Project. (9/10/03)
Elizabeth Farnsworth reports on the debate
over recently declassified documents on U.S. policy toward Chile's Augusto
Archive -- An independent
non-governmental research institute and library at George Washington University.
U.S. State Dept. Chile
Declassification Project -- Features a searchable archive of the 23,000 recently
Chile Declassification Project
- CIA -- Internal CIA report on the agency's activities in Chile.
U.S. Embassy in Chile
Chile's U.S. Embassy
SPECIAL: Background on Chilean politics and the case against former dictator