Surprised?

As if this was surprising:

General Garrastazú Medici said Brazil was working towards the overthrow of President Allende during the meeting at the Oval Office on December 9, 1971, according to a report published Sunday the Folha do Sao Paulo based on a batch of records concerning US-Brazil collaboration in opposing left-leaning governments in Latin America in the early 1970s, posted Saturday on the National Security Archive website.

Nixon asked Garrastazú Medici (1969/1974) if the Chilean military were prepared to collaborate in the overthrow of the Socialist democratically elected Allende. The Brazilian general replied that Allende would be ousted for the same reasons that led to the coup against constitutional president Joao Goulart back in 1964.

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“The documents open the door on a new, untold history of efforts to overthrow Allende” said Peter Kornbluh, US director of the archive’s Cuba and Chile documentation projects. “Very few details about Brazil’s role have surfaced”.

“There’s a paper trail on that yet to be unearthed” that could shed more light on US and Brazilian efforts at regional regime destabilization, added Kornbluh.

Historian Robert Dallek, author of “Nixon and Kissinger” said cultivation of Garrastazú Medici fits Nixon and Kissinger’s pattern of recruiting conservative heads of state to the US Cold War cause. But Brazil’s role “is not widely known,” Dallek said. “It’s fresh detail.”

Roberto Abdenur, former Brazilian ambassador in Washington the revelations come as no surprise since “what Nixon and Garrastazú Medici did was seal at the highest level an organized collaboration in what both were completely committed and convinced”.

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~ by Daniel on August 17, 2009.

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