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Australia’s secret services helped the CIA in the military coup that toppled Salvador Allende’s regime in Chile 48 years ago

News is revealed this Friday by “The Guardian”, which cites Australian government documents that were classified: they were shared with an investigator in June this year, but not fully.

The Australian Secret Intelligence Service agency, the Australian secret services, helped the CIA plan and carry out the military coup in Chile against the Salvador Allende regime, which ended just 48 years ago, on September 11, 1973. The conclusion is taken from Australian government documents at the time, which were classified until June this year, and which are cited this Friday by the newspaper “The Guardian”.

These documents show that, in December 1970, the Australian Secret Service set up a base of operations in Santiago, the capital of Chile, to help the CIA destabilize the Allende regime. The order to open the base was given by Billy McMahon, then foreign minister and later prime minister of Australia for the liberal party.

However, Gough Whitlam, McMahon’s successor who was elected by the Labor party in December 1972, ordered the Australian secret services to close the secret base in the Chinese capital less than a year later, according to documents that in June ceased to be secret, having been shared with Clinton Fernandes, a former Australian intelligence agent and currently a researcher at the University of New South Wales in Canberra, who also studies Australian covert operations in countries like Indonesia and Cambodia.

It has been suspected for decades that Australia’s secret services were involved in the fall of the democratically elected Allende government. However, this is the first time that documentary evidence of this assistance and the entire process of political authorizations at the highest level has been released.

These documents were shared with Clinton Fernandes with several pieces of information crossed out, and the investigator believes that the full versions of these and other records should be made public – an idea that the Australian federal government rejects, saying it would be detrimental to the national interest. from Australia. Right now, the decision is on the side of an Australian administrative court.

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