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May 17, 1976
Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 002996496 3.5(c) The National Intelligence Daily 3.5(c) Published by the Director of Central Intelligence for Named Principals Only Copy No. is3 MONDAY MAY 17, 1976 VOLUME 3, NUMBER 116 TOX-SECWET Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 002996496 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 002996496 Te10-Srger�qET 2 MONDAY MAY 17, 1976 3.5(c) THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DAILY NR gotavotp Bolivia: Assassination in Paris The assassination last week in Paris of General Joaquin Zenteno, Bolivian am- bassador to France, bears a marked similarity to the murder of Colonel Ramon Trabal, the Uruguayan military attache who was shot in his Paris apart- ment in December 1974. In each case previously unknown terrorist groups claimed responsibility for the murder. A group calling itself the Raul Sendic International Brigade (named for the founder of the Tupamaros) took credit for Trabal's "execution," and the "Che Guevara International Bri- gade" claims it eliminated Zenteno. Both men had prominent roles in eradicating leftist subversive groups in their own countries before being posted to Paris. Trabal served as chief of military security in Uruguay and had a primary responsibility for planning and directing the campaign against the Tupamaros. He reportedly was given a diplomatic assign- ment at the request of army superiors who resented his ambition and ability. Zenteno achieved international prominence in 1967 for tracking down and capturing Che Guevara; he later became commander in chief of the armed forces�the second most powerful posi- tion in Bolivia. He went into "golden ex- ile" in 1973 following a serious disagree- ment with President Banzer over ad- ministrative and political matters. Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 002996496 3.3(b)(1) It organization, based in Argentina, that calls itself the Revolutionary Coor- dinating Junta is responsible for either or both assassinations. is possible that an international this group is led by representatives of subversive groups in Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina and is dedicated to the violent overthrow of military-backed governments in those countries. Bankers in Buenos Aires who have been the victims of terrorist kidnaping operations theii3.3(b)( 1 ) ransom money was paid in gold and deposited in banks in Beirut and in un- marked Swiss accounts in Italy. In the past, Latin American terrorists generally confined their operations to their own countries, but many observers predict that operations now will be modeled on the activities of Middle East terrorist groups and will occur anywhere 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 002996496 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 002996496 NR Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 002996496 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 002996496 NR