Document Type: 
Document Number (FOIA) /ESDN (CREST): 
Release Decision: 
Original Classification: 
Document Page Count: 
Document Creation Date: 
December 16, 2016
Document Release Date: 
June 17, 2005
Sequence Number: 
Case Number: 
Publication Date: 
November 28, 1981
Content Type: 
PDF icon CIA-RDP91-00901R000700060069-3.pdf156.67 KB
STAT Approved For Release 2005/07/01 : CIA-RDP91-00901R A);TI.CLE APPEARED x, PAGE 644. THE NATION 28 November 1984 APPOINTMENT WITH CONTRERAS f-11 - to , Coiiiiection SAUL.LAiN.UAU AND J UHN DINGES.- , n the!early"summer 976P . Col, Manuel Contreras; Letelier. It has nowt been,. learned that within a: based in Santiago, Chile.' operation to assassinate exiled Chilean. leader Orlando'-.... -': purchaser was identified as a -DINA front- organization . incriminating inform: crime. The evidence Letelier case will be i Colonel Contreras' .us by Kevin Mulcah! working for Wilson; . Mulcahy's account o ~;- by documents drawn. '- the Treasury. Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms:. We were shown -invoices and - bills of sale head-of DINA, Chile's secret police, launched drawn up by one of Wilson and Terpil's companies. The few days of setting that pW- irr motion,. Contreras' inac'e a secret visit to:Washington,-D.C;;'where he met with officials of the- Central Intelligence Agency and also negotiated the purchaseof illegal weapons and electronic spying equipment with"a-firm run by former C.I.A. officers Edwin Wilson and Franlt3Terpil. Mulcahy and another American,= 'a 'former Navy intelligence Wilsbrr and Terpil gained no after 'a-Federal grand officer'who'was in.charge of Latin-American. operations for i jury accused them of exporting terrorist goods and- services Wilson, to a' nondescript two-story residence on the 1700 Murray'4~ as's article on page 568J. By 1978, the Federal Bureau of lhvestigation had established that DINA agents killed Lete}ler~ on. U.S. territory.. That evidence, 'combined'- with the. newly ? revealed materials showing ,tha(former C.I:A: officials cooperated with-other DINA covert opera- .Y_ treras, Mulcahy recalled. Although he was wearing civilian tions-iii the-United States. would seem to compromise the clothes, the DINA chief nevertheless exuded a` "clearly Administration's:-efforts toy`rehabilitate- Chile's military` :-::.military aura.",.The other Chilean, whose name-Mulcahy. dictatorship as an anti-Communist has forgotten, served as. an interpreter. Mulcahy said that The information about DINA's'dealings with the Wilson- ?;Terpil. was "deferential" toward Contreras:"I. had seen Terpil firm is based on the accounts of one of those present..--, ?.:-Frank slap heads of state on the back, but with this guyhe- at the -meeting with Contreras in early,July---1976, and on was downright respectful, and kept his'voice down." sales documents obtained by Federal investigators: T his ;"? { ,.Contreras's reputation had 'obviously preceded him: To report will examine DINA's.purchase of weapons and so'- both. his enemies and fellow ' intelligence officers Contreras phisticated electronic equipment ~tthat meeting in. violation I`' was Jnown as the most efficient-and ruthless-secret-police of a Congressional ban on=such sales to Chile chief in the Americas.. He had,',-within the space of two wig The new ; information can e be placed with-'startling results years, :virtually 'eliminated political opposition to Chile's into the complex framework of evidence already: compiled r-`military dictator, Gen. AugustoPinochet by the. F.B I n:the five-year-old Letelier case, helps Mulcahy :recalled that after Terpil opened the meeting; explain-,many, previously unresolved questions,;- especially -"we talked with' Contreras about the details of an iii, those. regarding the ; C. I. A.\ '- behavior Ea_rlier''evidence of " tegrated security system." (Mulcahy described this to us as a DINA's' operations, supplemented by this new information variety.of devices that might be'used to secure an embassy or about tthe4'three -months preceding Lete1ier'9.- murder on like: facility.) The system included card readers;' pinhole '.I September 22, 1976, amount .to a compelling-dise that the cameras telephone tapping equipment, di 'tal scanners to C.I.A. was involved in arranging Wilson and Terpil's arms monitor. --telex, traffic and other."-sophisticated. electronic and equipment sales to DINA. Furthermore, involving the ."'gear. Contreras purchased some of this equipment. The pun- agency in the violation of U.S. laws may have.made it possi- chase orders -shown to ' us by 'investigators list. "trans- ble for DIN,- to " graymail" the CIA into withholding' ceivers," "wireless inductor.-ear Phones" and "micro-mini ? .'-??Y ?-. e. ?. t h-microphones:" ,! :y i.. I f 73.4 ?? '.. ? - V 1..:7?~ Saul Landau,. a Fellow at tyre Institute for Policy Studies, _-- The next itegi on the agenda was a large quantity of Colt and John binges, a :Washington, D.C.,' writer Conducted a' -:~Cobras, which Contreras had expressed interest in buying: lengthy investigation ofA r&# qr 1q r eJ 5 /0 } ` A 1Pr9 P. li$60bit00 iQ;OB9t d byman y police results?:of 'which appear rn :their boak,-Assassination on agencies because. it iis a standardized weapon with inter' .{.......... '+7 r cfi`M1 'r te -.. Embassy Row (Pantheon} f aY"r+, , sa; . *,s eliangeable parts that has proven both durable grid efficient: t.a Col..'Ivluanimar el-Qaddafi of Libya, wh~se regime is - bloek'of R Street in northwest Washington. "It looked like high ontrhe?' Reagan Administration's- enemies list [see =. a typical C.I:A: safe house;Mulcahy said: ~.`-At the time'of the Contreras-Terpil meeting in- Washing ton; Mulcahy` was president oFTnter-Technology Inc., an arms trading firm established byWilson.and Terpil. "It was Frank's meeting,"Mulcahy recalled, and it took place on . a` rainy Friday afternoon -in early July. Terpil directed ? .; -There; -in L-.:a second-floor'-office; Terpil iritroductd Mulcahy to-two Chileans. 'One?of- them was a-"'heavy set man in his:- mid-40s. with drooping eyelids and a kind of benevolent look on' his face'- known as `Manny" Con-