Documents in Upcoming National Security Archive Publication Show Kissinger’s Behind-the-Scenes Efforts to Mitigate Fallout from Church Committee Report

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“on no account had we anything to do with the kidnapping of Schneider.” “on no account had we anything to do with the kidnapping of Schneider.”

A November 25, 1975, telephone conversation (telcon) between Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Newsweek Magazine executive editor Mel Elfin “sheds light on the behind-the-scenes efforts by Henry Kissinger to mitigate the political fallout from the revelatory Church Committee report, and distort the truth about the Nixon-Kissinger CIA operations in Chile”, according to the National Security Archive’s Peter Kornbluh, author of The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability. The November 25 telcon, one of hundreds being published on March 11, 2016, through the Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) with the help of our partners at ProQuest, shows Kissinger trying to convince Elfin that the Nixon White House didn’t have anything to do with the kidnapping and murder of the Chilean commander in Chief, General Rene Schneider, in October 1970. Kissinger tells Elfin…

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