INFORMATION ON ALLEGED PLOT TO HARM CARDINAL SILVA

Created: 4/18/1974

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'I'-RTE9 THE ANNOUNCEMENT By THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMANOVERNMENT INTELLIGENCE SERVICES LEARNED ON llEPTIST THREAT TO ThEOP CARDINAL RAUL SILVA arChBIShOP ANTlAGOl ANDOLICE ESCORT HAD BEEN ASSlQNEO To PROTECT hIm. TJEE aCSO-SANTIACO EMBASSYAPRIL POR FURTHER DETAILS-

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2. INFORMATION ON THE PLOT TO ASSASSINATE CARDINAL SILVA CAHEUSPECT CHILI

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MOVEMENT of TmE HEVOLUTIONARTHIM) had ENTERED CHILESOmE Days

COMMANDO UNIT CARRIED WEAPONS AND ha3 ACCESS TO CHILEAN ARMY UNIFORMS. THEIR MISSION wasV* DuRlNG ONE of HIS PU8UC APPEARANCES DURING HOLYPRIL) *ND TO ESCAPE IN THE ENSUING cO',rUSlDs. THEY HqPED That THE KILLING hOuLq BE BLAMED ON ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE ELEMENTS IN ThE CHILEANc6S. and so OISCREOIT THE MILITARY JUNTa.

HHbVut PEELING THAT ThE SUSPECT mat HaVE FABRICATED 'hE

ONCERNED CvEB RECENT EUROPEAN pO-ESS STORIES REPORTING DETERIORATING RELATIONS BETWEEN CARDINAL SILVA AND ThE JUNTA, and BELIEVED THAT THE STqRUS MIGHT BE SETTING THE STAGETRONG PUBLIC RSaCtIO"OSSIBLE ASSaSSINATIflN OF THE CARDINAL. ALSO. HAD RECEIVED REPORTS 01 MEN IN ARMY UNIFORM CIRCULATING INHALKED MAKESHIFT -ARHY OF CHILE- LABEL. HH|CH AROUSED THEIR SUSPICIONS.

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TO LIVE UP TO TmE JUNTA'S STATED POL'CV Or

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GOVERNMENT HILL EXECUTE AS MANY AS TlFTy LEFTIST PRISONERS IN RETALIATION FOR THE HUROeR Or ANYTlM. hOwEvER. PINOCHET BELIEVES THAT THg QOVERNMEnT COULD NOT fQLLOM THROUGH WITH THIS POLICY IP CARDINAL SILVAIDNAP VlCT|H, INASE. THE JUNTA WOULD HAVE TO ACCEDE TO AT LEAST SOME OP THE KIDNAPPERS' DEMANDS. THUSOSTLY AND DANGEROUS

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