NSA: CIA Cover-Up on Chile

10 September 2016 — National Security Archive

Agency Tries to Hide Knowledge of 9/11/73 Coup Plotting
Dubious Secrets: Declassified Daily Briefs to Nixon Completely Censored, Despite Release of CIA and DIA Cables 16 Years Ago
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 558

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Washington D.C. September 9, 2016 – Forty-three years after the U.S.-supported military coup in Chile, the Central Intelligence Agency continues to withhold information on what it knew about planning for the putsch, and what intelligence it shared with President Richard Nixon, according to redacted documents posted today by the National Security Archive. The documents, among the hundreds of President’s Daily Briefs (PDBs) the CIA declassified last month, excise material that almost certainly has already been released to the public years ago. The section on Chile of the PDB dated September 11, 1973, for example, was completely censored, as was an entire page on Chile provided to Nixon on September 8, 1973, even though thousands of once-sensitive intelligence records from the coup period have already been declassified since at least 1999. 

“The CIA is trying – but failing – to hold history hostage,” stated Peter Kornbluh, who directs the Archive’s Chile Documentation Project. By continuing to censor the historical record, he suggested, “the CIA is attempting to cover up what Nixon knew about coup plotting in Chile and when he knew it, as well as hiding the CIA’s own contacts and connections to the coup plotters.”

The National Security Archive today called on the Obama administration, which has prided itself on historical transparency, to revisit the CIA’s determination to withhold the records.  Kornbluh said the Archive would also use mandatory declassification procedures to press for the full release of the censored documents.

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