exclusive: the u.s. paid money to support hugo banzer’s 1971 coup in bolivia
For nearly four decades, there’s been an open question about the 1971 coup that brought dictator Hugo Banzer Suárez to power in Bolivia: was the U.S. government involved? Thanks to newly declassified documents, we now have an answer.
Here’s a quick second excerpt
….the State Department denied it immediately, asserting unequivocally that the U.S. played no part in the overthrow of Torres.
A collection of declassified documents recently released* by the same State Department proves that this denial was not only incorrect, but a lie: the Nixon Administration, acting with the full knowledge of the State Department, authorized nearly half a million dollars—”coup money,” according to the ambassador in La Paz—for the politicians and military officers plotting against Torres. The CIA handed at least some of this money over to the coup’s leaders in the days leading up to Banzer’s seizure of power.
UPDATE: After a deserved handslap and prompt, I’ve just noticed that Structurally Maladjusted ran with this story in its weekend update days ago. Moral of the story; if you want to be current with LatAm affairs, read SM first and IKN 2nd.