OVERVIEW STATEMENTS ON CIA INVOLVEMENT IN CHILE IN 1970

Created: 2/20/1973

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primary CIA activity in Chile was to conduct spoiling operations against the candidacy of Salvador Allende in0 elections without, however, supporting either of the two non-Marxist presidential candidates. This effort focusedropaganda program to alert the Chilean pccpl- ti thecfMar::izi regime ur.de-cta'S nnn was spent in this endeavor which was approved by theommittee and was carried out in close coordination with Ambassador Korry in Chile and State Department officials in Washington.

A second Agency activity was conducted betweenfter the popular plurality won by Allende, and before the election of Allende by thq Congress onctober and his inaugurationovember. otalas spent in this effort to prevent the accession of Allende to the picsidency by attempting to induce various Chilean groups, notably the Christian Democratic Party, the Armed Forcesumber of independent

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organizations and individuals to use .legislative or military means to thwart his investiture. At one point three submachine guns were provided to three military officers who planned to use them in instigating an uprising by the Armed Forces. This program was conducted at the request of Presidentwith the understanding that it was not to become known to the State Department or other members of theommittee. It is believed that State Department officials are still unaware that this program was conducted by CIA. This is an important consideration which governs future actions.

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