In the 1960s through 1970, the CIA was engaged in several covert efforts to try to block perennial Marxist presidential candidate Salvador Allende from becoming president. During part of this period, including the crucial 1970 presidential election, our protagonist Henry Hecksher was station chief in Santiago. "The overwhelming objective -- firmly rooted in the policy … Continue reading A snapshot of efforts to thwart Allende
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?