Read the secret memo George P. Shultz sent to the president

George P. Shultz, the former U.S. secretary of state, sent a memo to Ronald Reagan explaining that a CIA investigation concluded Chilean President Augusto Pinochet "personally ordered his intelligence chief to carry out the murders."

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Pinochet and the

Letelier-Moffitt

Implications for

US Policy

Murders:

We are heading into an extremely difficult

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12rl8 month

period with Chile.
President Augusto Pinochet is i?1/2etermined to
suc ceed himself as Pti?1/2sldi?1/2nt by whatever means will ensure
success.
He has ruled out the possibility of a free and open
election and instead intends to proceed with a yes/no
plebiscite involving a single candidate--himself.

The

consequences of his staying in office would be highly dangerous
for Chile and the region as a whole; inevitably, it would lead
to serious
polarization of the Chilean population-and a
significant strengthening of the large
Pinochet,)

(and growing,

Moscow-dependent communist party.

over the coming months I would like to

thanks to

As events develop

discuss the overall

situation with you.
In the midst of this,
recent report prepared by

I have been

particularly

of Orlando Letelier,

by a

the CIA analyzing the events

surrounding the assassination by car-bombing in
1976

struck

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a former Chilean

washington

Foreign

in

Minister and

Ronni Moffitt, an American citizen.
The CIA concludes that its
review provides "what we regard as convincing evidence that
President Pinochet personally ordered his intelligence chief to
carry

out the murders."

decided

It also confirms

that

"Pinochet

toA* stonewall on the US investigation to

involvement"

and continues to do so,

including

hide his
by

considering

"even the elimination of his former intelligence chief."
WeA*have long

known that the Chilean secret

police/intelligence service was

behind

this

brutal act,

perhaps

the only clear case of state-supported

terrorism that has

occurred in

the Chilean Government

Washington,

D.C.

handed over to us one of
US-Chilean national.

In

1978,

the responsible people,

Then,

another of the indictees,

earlier

this

Chilean Major

come to washington and give himself up,

a dual

year,

we persuaded

Armando

Fernandez,

to

in spite of the Chilean

Government's prolonged attempts to prevent him from doing

so.

Fern andez provided strong corroborative information
concerning the roles
Chilean Army

of the two previously indicted senior

officials who planned the A*murders

(the former head.

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of

their secret

significant new

police and his chief
information

of

o perations)

and

on President Augusto Pinochet's

role in organizing a cover-up.

Fernandez'

revelations

have had

a significant political impact within Chile and the CIA
concl udes that Pinochet will be

"unable to satisfy the

military's concern that Pinochet take ef fective steps to repair
the damage already done to the armed forces'
While some in the USG
Pinochet had ordered

reputation."

had previously believed that

the murders,

and thereA*were strong signs

that he was involved in the cover-up,

the CIA has never

before

drawn and presented its concl usion that such strong evidence
exists of his leadeA*r-sh"ip: role in this act of terrorism.
It is not clear whether we can or would want to consider
indicting Pinochet,
evidence.

even if

Nevertheless,

we had more public sources of

this is a blatant example of a chief

state's direct involvement in an act of state terrorism,

one

that is particularly disturbing both because it occurred in

our

of

capital and since his government is generally considered to be
friendly.
I believe that by their very nature the CIA's conclusions
and our own judgments as to Pinochet's direct involvement must
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af fect both our overall policy towards Chile and the general
conceptual framework of how we make decisions regarding that
country.
What we now know about Pinochet's role in theseA*
assassinations is of the greatest seriousness and adds further
impetus to the need to work toward complete democratization of
Chile.

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with

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