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2002-06-18

"The Trials of Henry Kissinger": As the Former Secretary of State Faces Possible Extradition to Chile for His Role in the 1973 Coup, a New Film Provides Fresh Evidence of War Crimes

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Henry Kissinger may face extradition proceedings in connection with his role in the 1973 military coup in Chile. This is according to a recent article in the London Guardian. The former US Secretary of State is wanted as a witness for questioning by Chilean Judge Juan Guzman, who is investigating US involvement in the overthrow of president Salvador Allende by Augusto Pinochet. Guzman is particularly interested in whether US officials passed lists of leftist Americans in Chile to the military and whether the US embassy failed to assist Americans deemed sympathetic to the deposed government.

Kissinger has refused to cooperate with the investigation.

This is not the first attempt to interview Kissinger about his role in this brutal period in Latin American history. It is also not the first time Kissinger has come under scrutiny for human rights abuses. A growing chorus of voices has long argued that Kissinger should be tried for war crimes, based on his role in the assassination of a Chilean general in 1970, the secret bombing of Cambodia in 1969, and the approval of and military support for the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975.

These arguments are examined in a new documentary, which traces Kissinger’s part in the tragic and bloody history of Vietnam, Cambodia, East Timor, and Chile. It tells a different story of the man who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, who Compton’s Encyclopedia heralds as "the most influential foreign policy figure in the administrations of US presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford."

The film is called "The Trials of Henry Kissinger," and it opened this weekend at the Human Rights Watch film festival in New York.

Guest:

  • Eugene Jarecki, co-director of "The Trials of Henry Kissinger"

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Tape:

  • "The Trials of Henry Kissinger" clip

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