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FYI: Isabel Allende Seeks Brazil Documents on Chile Coup

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Subject: Isabel Allende Seeks Brazil Documents on Chile Coup

Allende Seeks Brazil Documents on '73 Chile Coup

By Bradley Brooks
Associated Press
August 17, 2009


The daughter of overthrown Chilean President Salvador
Allende requested via Twitter on Tuesday that Brazil
open any secret archives that could shed light on any
role it played in the 1973 coup that killed her father.

The request by Isabel Allende, a deputy in Chile's
Congress, follows publication in the U.S. of a
declassified document about a 1971 meeting between U.S.
President Richard Nixon and Brazilian military regime-
era President Emilio Medici.

The two discussed coordinating intervention in Chile to
overthrow the leftist Allende and also possible
intervention in Cuba.

"I reiterate my request to President Lula to declassify
documents and know the true history of intervention in
A. Latina in the 1970s," Isabel Allende wrote on her
Twitter page, referring to Brazilian President Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva.

A spokeswoman for Allende confirmed the entry.

The formerly top secret account of a Dec. 9, 1971,
meeting between Nixon and Medici at the White House Oval
Office spelled out a desire by the U.S. and Brazilian
presidents to foment the overthrow of leftist

The eventual CIA-supported coup in Chile, led by Gen.
Augusto Pinochet, toppled the Allende government Sept.
11, 1973.

In the 1971 Oval Office meeting, Nixon said that "this
should be held in the greatest confidence. But we must
try and prevent new Allendes and Castros and try where
possible to reverse these trends."

Medici said he was happy to see that the Brazilian and
American positions and views were so close.

Declassified in July, the memo is now part of the
official history of U.S. foreign policy in a State
Department series called "Foreign Relations of The
United States."

National Security Archive, a private group, posted the
document on its Web site Sunday.

Paulo Vannuchi, head of Brazil's National Secretariat of
Human Rights, said any such documents may already be in
the public domain among documents already released, or
may be among those still locked up.

"There is also the possibility that any archives about
it were destroyed. No one is going to say that dictators
don't destroy archives - obviously they do," Vannuchi
said in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended an event
officially recognizing the deaths of 500 Brazilians at
the hands of the nation's 1964-85 military regime.

In 2002, then-Brazilian President Fernando Henrique
Cardoso - a leftist who fled into political exile during
the dictatorship - signed a decree to keep military
intelligence files classified for 50 years.

But in 2005, Silva ordered the release of 13 steel
archives and 1,259 boxes with photos, films, pamphlets
and 220,000 microchips relating to the military regime.

Peter Kornbluh, a senior analyst at the National
Security Archive who directs the group's Chile and Cuba
documentation project, called on Brazil to release all
its archives.

"It seems to me Brazil owes an explanation, if not an
apology, to Chile in the form of a full historical
reckoning of its role in the overthrow of Allende and
the advent of Pinochet," he said.

In another Twitter entry, Allende called the most recent
revelations "another one of Nixon's nefarious
interventions, this time using Brazil."

But she also said times had changed, noting the election
of U.S. President Barack Obama.

"There is a big difference between the Latin American
policy of Obama, who condemned the Honduran coup, and
that of Nixon, and his plot against Salvador Allende,"
she wrote.


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