Select Documents from the Pinochet Files Artificial Collection
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released these documents in response to a National Security Council tasker, "Declassifying Documents Related to Human Rights Abuses in Chile," issued on February 1, 1999, on behalf of President William J. Clinton. This tasker requested cooperation from all national security agencies in undertaking "a compilation and review for release of all documents that shed light on human rights abuses, terrorism and other acts of political violence during and prior to the Pinochet era in Chile (1973-1990)."
These documents were included in a comprehensive release by NARA of all Pinochet-related documents in the Presidential libraries, in records of other U.S. Government agencies, and in legislative records.
The documents included in this collection were reviewed as part of the NSC's Chilean Human Rights Abuses Review.
- A finding aid for these previously classified materials is available.
- A selection of documents from the Pinochet Files are available online here. Click the links below to view documents:
Ceremony to celebrate the establishment of the military junta
Anti-Marxist broadcasts made by the military junta
Cuban Embassy staff claim to have been fired upon by the Chilean military
Reports of Chilean civilians supporting the coup by coordinating plans with the military
Cuba charges the Chilean military for attacking a Cuban merchant vessel and the Cuban Embassy
Reports of Americans being detained by the Chilean military during the coup
Recognition of the military junta by various nations around the world
Treatment of Leftist sympathizers and Communist prisoners loyal to President Allende's government
Transcript from a meeting of the 40 Committee, high-ranking U.S. government officials who discussed the possibility of a military coup in Chile
Mexico's response to President Allende's death and the establishment of the military junta
A U.S. National Intelligence estimate on President Allende's regime and strategies for a successful coup
Reaction of the Soviet Union to the events in Chile
Believed consequences of a Communist victory in the Chilean elections
Views from the Pinochet on the military coup
Human Rights conversation between Secretary Shultz and President Pinochet