Before Henry Hecksher, the CIA officer at the center of this project, became station chief in Santiago in the late 1960s, the agency had been involved in other efforts to influence the outcome of Chile's elections. The first chapter of Kristian Gustafson's 2007 book, Hostile Intent: U.S. Covert Operations in Chile, 1964-1974, focuses on the CIA's … Continue reading An apparent success in 1964 election – but at what cost?
Here's a quick moment on the timeline of Henry Hecksher's life. Salvador Allende was inaugurated as Chile's president on November 5, 1970 In Kristian Gustafson's Hostile Intent, the opening chronology has one mention of the Santiago Station chief, though we're certain to find plenty more as we delve into the book. November 1970: Raymond Warren … Continue reading Departing Santiago
Our central character, Henry D. Hecksher, died on March 28, 1990, in a hospital in Princeton, New Jersey, as a result of complications from Parkinson's disease. The New York Times covered his death in a three-paragraph obituary the next day, giving us a very brief sketch of his life that nonetheless hints at a peripatetic … Continue reading A story told briefly at death