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E All the key players were described not uite like a novel would but in enough detail I did have a sense of what they were like Allende Pinochet Letelier his wife Isabel Michael Townley the assassin his wife the horrible head of DINA Contreras the Cuban nationals who assisted in the assassination and then the FBI agents and lawyers who were involved with the investigation and trial I learned so much and was inspired to do other research on Allende Pinochet Contreras Letilier Townley Condor Dinges poses thought provoking uestions in the Epilogue and then answers some of them in the 2014 Postscript The US could have prevented the assassination and the CIA did withhold information Excellent ournalism and telling of a story that is not complimentary to America s history The truth is worth knowing Remarkable reconstruction of the most brazen crime committed by Augusto Pinochet s Chile the assassination by car bomb of Orlando Letelier and an American friend in Washington DC on Embassy Row amidst the diplomatic representatives of dozens of countries Dinges an American ournalist who covered and was briefly imprisoned by Pinochet s regime and Landau human rights activist and friend to Letelier meticulously recreate the plot against Letelier born of the multinational Operation Condor a conspiracy of right wing governments in South American to exterminate political dissidents and carried out by a conspiracy of Chilean secret police rightist Cuban exiles European fascists and an American adventurer named Michael Townley It s one of those stranger than fiction stories that s shockingly faded from public memory the image of a nominal American ally committing acts of terror against its benefactor however seems painfully familiar Please note this book has been released in a 2014 ebook edition with an introduction by Ariel Dorfman and a postscript by coauthor John Dinges to update the story. ?s military dictatorships dedicated to wiping out their most influential opponents This gripping account tells the story not only of a political plot that ended in murder but also of the FBI’s inuiry into the affair Definitive in its examination both of Letelier’s murder and of the subseuent investigations carried out by American intelligence  Assassination on Embassy Row is eual parts keen analysis and true life spy thrille.

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The murder of former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier byChilean intelligence in Washington DC Beautifully written and edited account of a complex investigation To secure a conviction in the Letelier bombing the US Justice Dept agreed not to investigate the other crimes of DINA Chile s secret police The CIA also helped to conceal evidence This would expl Best when combined with Eugene Popper s Labyrinth The recall of this account was truly amazing Since I am much younger than when this book first came out I have learned a great deal and am glad to have gained this knowledge I recommend this book for those who enjoy history and want to improve current situations around the globe Thank you f Orlando Letellier gets into a car with an American Couple in Washington DC and the car blows up Scorcese style Letellier and one other die The hit was a part of Operation Condor a group run by a consortium of Latin American dictatorships to hunt down left wing enemies with the cooperation of Washington Letellier was an economist under the socialist Allende government doomed by a right wing coup by Augusto Pinochet also with the eager assistance of Nixon Kissinger et al Then 3000 Chileans under suspicion by the government get kidnapped tortured and killed or the use the euphemism in currency disappeared But the rightwing dictatorships had a deal to work together to hunt anyone on the left and their reach made it to Washington DC Letellier was an economist who before he was killed in exile was arguing that the Chicago boys approach that Pinochet s economists were implementing was ruining Chile s economy He got killed and Chicago boys got to run all western economies That has been the story since the seventies Well researchedWell written and extremely detailed This book took time to digest and understand Learning how the US interacts with countries and how we impact them should be taken in. Edgar Award Finalist The gripping account of an assassination on US soil and the violent foreign conspiracy that stretched from Pinochet’s Chile to the streets of Washington DC with a new introduction by Ariel Dorfman On September 10 1976 exiled Chilean leader Orlando Letelier delivered a blistering rebuke of Augusto Pinochet’s brutal right wing regime in a speech at Madison Suare Garden Eleven days later while Letelier was on.

To account in today s society Endlessly fascinating this procession of characters marching to the impetus of their own ideology some in pursuit of human dignity others possessed by a lust for power and still Machiavellian in their devotion to riches and prestige Obviously authors Dinges and Landau shared their own devotion Passion for investigation fidelity to facts and mastery of craft With that they are not mere messengers nor are readers mere observers We are taken transported to international political arenas and into the lives of the players from a hotel room where a novice assassin builds a bomb with kitchen utensils and household tools to the sualor and atrocities of a Chilean prison camp and to offices and homes of highest level officials and diplomats As if we are insiders we are privy to clandestine meetings private dinners and invitation only parties Ultimately to an unconscionable act of terrorism on Washington DC s Embassy Row In all this is a vivid reflection often grotesue in the mirror of humankind Bypass Mark Crispin Miller s excessive thereby ineffective opening rant Read Ariel Dorfman s poignant introductory vignette Go deep into the book s shocking realities and far ranging implications For Dinges intense investigation did not end here He s later known for Our Man in Panama and The Condor Years Read all I usually have trouble finishing non fiction books but this completely held my attention from start to finish Gives a fascinating detailed description of the events that led up to the assassination of Orlando Letilier in Washington DC the assassination itself and the long investigation and trial Dinges gives a clear picture of the US backed overthrow of the democratically elected Allende government in Chile by Pinochet s military unta the formation and terror of the Chile secret police DINA that killed imprisoned and disappeared opponents to Pinochet s rul. Embassy Row in Washington DC a bomb affixed to the bottom of his car exploded killing him and his coworker Ronni Moffitt The slaying staggering in its own right exposed an international conspiracy that reached well into US territory Pinochet had targeted Letelier a former Chilean foreign minister and ambassador to the United States and carried out the attack with the help of Operation Condor the secret alliance of South America?.

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