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Scholar Quits Council of Foreign Relations Over Pinochet-Kissinger Debate

HeadlineJun 09, 2004

The Nation is reporting the chief Latin American expert at the Council on Foreign Relations has quit under pressure from associates of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The scholar, Kenneth Maxwell, had been the target of Kissinger after he reviewed a new book titled The Pinochet File that examines the U.S. role in the Chilean coup that overthrew the democratically elected Salvador Allende and put in place the military dictator Augusto Pinochet. In his review of the book, Maxwell concluded there was “deep involvement of the U.S. intelligence services in Chile prior to and after the coup.” The book written by Peter Kornbluh is based on 25,000 declassified U.S. documents. Maxwell’s review, which appeared in the journal Foreign Affairs, outraged associates of Kissinger, most notably William Rogers, the former assistant secretary of state for Latin American Affairs under Kissinger and a vice president of his consulting firm, Kissinger Associates. After both Maxwell and Rogers fired responses back in forth in the pages of Foreign Affairs, the debate was stopped. Maxwell accused Kissinger and Rogers of pressuring the Council and the journal from ending the debate. The author of the Pinochet book, Peter Kornbluh, also became involved when Foreign Affairs refused to allow him to publish a letter to the editor.

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