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November 23, 1982
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I ? Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/02/29: CIA-RDP90-00965R000402830027-9 ARTICLE A? M THE WASHINGTON POST ON n as 23 NCVFWBER 1982 New Charges Reported In CIA Plot on Allende By John Dinges epKkl to The Wui ngton Poet CIA activities to prevent Salvador Allende from assuming the Chilean presidency in 1970 were more exten- sive than previously acknowledged in- official accounts, author Seymour M. Hersh asserts in the December issue of Atlantic.Monthly.- Hersh charges, 'based on' the ac- count of an unnamed "close associ- ate" of then-CIA director Richard Helms, that President Nixon "spe- cifically ordered the CIA to get rid of Allende"-an order that Hersh con- tends amounted to a go-ahead to as- sassinate Allende if necessary. "Helms -told the associate there accounts from a half-dozen alleged participants in the Chile operations, including two deep-cover CIA oper- atives- whose identities were previ- ously unknown. The agents, called "false-flaggers" by the CIA because of their use of' false Latin American passports as cover, were veteran agents assigned to give CIA money and instructions to "extreme right-wing terrorists," in- cluding cashiered Gen. Roberto Viaux and other Chilean military leaders plotting against Allende, Hersh writes. Viaux led a kidnaping attempt Oct. 22, 1970, that resulted in the murder of the head of the Chilean was no doubt in his mind at the time armed forces, Gen. Rene what Nixon meant," Hersh writes.'~ Schneideroperation the`'CIA The "close associate," -'Her b Iris disavowed' writes, was relating Helms' personals Hersh quotes tie'1:~ miiit at- account of a Sept. 15, 1970, Oval Of- tache in Chile at the time, Col. Paul fice meeting of Nixon and then na-v C. Wimert Jr.,- as saying he ."figured tional security adviser Henry A- they [the false-flaggers] had ,..'been Kissinger, who the source said later sent . to: Santiago; to arrange for Al- "pressured [Helms] again on the sub= ? lende's death:" ''` . ?.. '= Ki ject." =`According to the article, an 'aide in Helms testified in 1975 'hearings `the National Security Council'Yeo- before the Senate Intelligence Com- man Charles E: Radford, told`Hersh mittee that Nixon's orders at that- 'that he saw option papers,that;dis- meeting Teferred to Allende's over-. cussed ways to assassinate Allende. throw and did not "in his mind" in- Hersh's article does not cite any ev- clude assassination. idence that plans to kill Allende Hersh's account, which is adapted were put into operation. from his forthcoming biography of Kissinger, does not contain the kind of smoking gun evidence that would drastically alter the picture drawn in the 1975 Senate hearings.- Testimony then revealed that the CIA financed an unsuccessful covert propaganda campaign against Al- lende's election, and later partici- pated in venous plots with Chilean politicians and military leaders to keep him from taking office after his plurality victory in September, 1970. The article, however, has direct Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/02/29: CIA-RDP90-00965R000402830027-9