Allende's Chile: An inside View

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Between Election and Inauguration

A s in every important Chilean election since 1963, the imperialists intervened in the 1970 presidential election. According to the Covert Action report: "The CIA spent from $800,000 to $1,000,000.... The large-scale propaganda campaign which was undertaken by the U.S. was similar to that of 1964: an Allende victory was equated with violence and repression." The United States effort concentrated on " 'spoiling operations' against the Popular Unity coalition...." It tried to splinter the Radical Party; it used 'black propaganda'...to sow dissent between Communists and Socialists, and between the national labor confederation and the Chilean Communist Party."1

The U.S. corporations participated. "During the period prior to the September election, ITT representatives met frequently with CIA representatives both in Chile and in the United States and the CIA advised ITT as to ways in which it might safely channel funds both to the Alessandri campaign and to the National Party. The CIA was kept informed of the extent and the mechanism of the funding. Eventually at least $350,000 was passed by ITT to this campaign. A roughly equal amount was passed by other U.S. companies...."2 In their book, The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence, Victor Marchetti and John Marks identify Anaconda

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