After 50 years, documents point to Nixon’s order to topple Allende in Chile
On September 15, 1970, during a 20-minute meeting, the President of the United States, Richard Nixon, gave the order to prevent Chile’s elected socialist leader, Salvador Allende, from taking power, according to documents published on Tuesday by the National Security Archive
“The extreme option: taking down Allende” is the title of this set of declassified reports, which are the annex to a national security study that analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of a military coup in Chile.
This “script”, which ended with the September 11, 1973 coup, was completed in mid-August 1970, that is, before Allende’s electoral triumph.
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