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Judi Lynn

(161,470 posts)
Fri Oct 19, 2018, 01:09 AM Oct 2018

How a Dictator Got Away With a Brazen Murder in D.C. in 1976

OCT 16, 2018

General Pinochet’s agents hunted down Chile’s former Ambassador in the first state-sponsored international terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

One September morning in 1976, a bomb blew up a car as it was driving up Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. When police arrived at the scene, they found a human foot in the road, and a man lying on the pavement who was missing half his legs. Minutes later, he was dead.

That man was 44-year-old Orlando Letelier, the most prominent Chilean exile living in the U.S. The former ambassador had fled his country two years before to escape persecution under General Augusto Pinochet. Chile was an American ally during the Cold War, and it seemed unthinkable that Pinochet would be so bold as to carry assassinate him in the U.S. capital. But as we now know from declassified documents, that’s exactly what he did. In fact, he even considered killing his head of intelligence to cover his tracks.

Letelier had been an ambassador to the U.S. under Chile’s democratically elected president Salvador Allende, whose administration the CIA covertly undermined. On September 11, 1973, Pinochet succeeded Allende in a coup d'état. That same day, Pinochet’s people arrested Letelier and other officials from Allende’s government and sent them to concentration camps.

After nearly a year in prison, Chile released Letelier under international pressure from Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, among others. Letelier sought refuge the U.S., and while traveling through Venezuela to get there, he told The New York Times: “they're going to kill me.” The “they,” he seemed to imply, were the National Intelligence Directorate, or DINA—Pinochet’s secret police.


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How a Dictator Got Away With a Brazen Murder in D.C. in 1976 (Original Post) Judi Lynn Oct 2018 OP
And murdered an American citizen, who drowned in her own blood . . . hatrack Oct 2018 #1
It's a real miracle more wasn't made of this assassination in our country, isn't it? Judi Lynn Oct 2018 #2

Judi Lynn

(161,470 posts)
2. It's a real miracle more wasn't made of this assassination in our country, isn't it?
Sat Oct 20, 2018, 04:16 AM
Oct 2018

It didn't even seem to get a nod that US American Ronni Moffit was also murdered, and her husband injured during the assassination.

Everything about it had direct connections to US-supported, Nixon/Kissinger-installed murderous, torture-loving dictator General Augusto Pinochet.

You'd think the fact an execution of a notable diplomat, and an American citizen on the streets of Washington, D.C. would have required more attention, wouldn't you?

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