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March 4, 1974
_Approved for Release: 2016/09/30 C06620023 Augusto PINOCHET Ugarte (Phonetic: peenohCHET) President of the Military Junta; Commander in Chief of the Army Addressed as: Mr. President Commander in Chief of the Chilean Army since August 1973, Gen. Augusto Pinochet, 58, became President of the ruling military junta after he led the September 1973 coup against President (1970-73) Salvador Allende. An intelligent, ambitious and professionally competent infantry officer and military geographer, Pinochet enjoys the admiration and respect of fellow officers. He has been friendly toward US officials in Chile and has exhibited a high regard for the US mili- tary establishment. Pinochet has never been involved in partisan politics and has shown dis- dain for politicians of all persuasions, blaming them for the economic and political problems that necessitated the overthrow of Allende. A man known for his toughness, he has stated that he will tolerate no opposition to the government. CHILE Outwardly tough, rigid and disciplined, Pinochet is at times indecisive. Quiet, mild-mannered and businesslike, he is dedicated and hard-working; he nevertheless enjoys parties. The general smokes cigarettes and prefers to drink Scotch and pisco sours. He is interested in sports and likes to discuss world military problems. He has written at least three books on geography, one of which has been used as a high school text. Married to the former Lucia Hiriart Rodriguez, the President has five children and six grandchildren. He speaks some French and only a little English. 4 March 1974 Approved for Release: 2016/09/30 C06620023