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Profile: Augusto Pinochet


Positions that Augusto Pinochet has held:

  • President of Chile (1973-1990)




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Augusto Pinochet actively participated in the following events:


1973-1990      Chile

       Pinochet leads Chile in a brutal dictatorship, during which over 3,000 political opponents are killed or disappeared. [CNN, 12/19/2001]
People and organizations involved: Augusto Pinochet

September 11, 1973      Chile

       CIA covert policies (at an expense of $8 million from 1970-73) lead to a coup d'etat in which Allende is killed and Augusto Pinochet brought to power. [BBC, n.d.; Church Report, Vol 7, pg 148.; CNN, n.d.; CNN, n.d.; National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 8; The Guardian, 9/12/2001 Sources: Chile and the United States: Declassified Documents relating to the Military Coup, 1970-1976, US Department of State, Church Report: Covert Action in Chile 1963-1973]
People and organizations involved: Salvador Allende Gossens, Augusto Pinochet

1997      Chile

       The US ends its 20-year moratorium on sales of advanced military equipment to Latin America (during which time it had remained the largest supplier of military equipment to the region) by offering to sell jet fighters to the Chilean military, which is headed by former dictator Augusto Pinochet. [Foreign Policy in Focus, 12/97/2003]
People and organizations involved: Augusto Pinochet

September 2000      Chile

       A CIA report is released admitting that the CIA knowingly supported the Pinochet regime's brutalities, and revealing that the head of Pinochet's dreaded secret police (responsible for the assassination of an American in Washington DC) was a paid CIA asset. [CNN, 9/19/2000; National Security Archive, 9/19/2000 Sources: CIA Activities in Chile]
People and organizations involved: Augusto Pinochet

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