Operation CONDOR — New Documents Declassified by US

“The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.”

Henry Kissinger [1]


Washington D.C., December 14, 2016 – Operation Condor, the trans-border, multinational effort by Southern Cone secret police services to track down and “liquidate” opponents of their regimes in the 1970s, targeted officials of Amnesty International as well as other human rights groups, and planned overseas missions in Paris and London, according to a comprehensive CIA report on Condor operations just released by the Obama administration.  [National Security Archive — GWU] Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

“The basic mission of Condor teams to be sent overseas,” according to the CIA, was “to liquidate top-level terrorist leaders.

Non-terrorists also were reportedly candidates for assassination,” the CIA reported in May 1977, and “some leaders of Amnesty Internation[al] were mentioned as targets.”

A TOP SECRET/EXDIS/CODEWORD Condor document declassified this week and posted today, the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research reported that “six Southern Cone nations,” all “participants in a counterterrorist network codenamed ‘Condor’,” have agreed “to undertake the liquidation of Latin American” targets “living in France.”

Also in today’s posting, an unusually emotional NSC memorandum summarizes the torture of Alfredo Bravo, the president of Argentina’s Permanent Assembly for Human Rights. President Carter’s national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the recipient of the document, wrote in the margin: “a compelling, powerful report.”

You can read the documents.



1. Henry Kissinger commenting on Chile, prior to Augusto Pinochet’s U.S.-supported / CIA-facilitated military coup against Chile’s democratically-elected President Salvador Allende

OPERATION CONDOR: Officials of Amnesty International Targeted for ‘Liquidation’ — GWU NSA


Operation CONDOR — New Documents Declassified by US

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