Inter Press Service’s D.C. Bureau Chief Jim Lobe has the story:
Kissinger Rescinded Warning Against Condor Assassinations
WASHINGTON, Apr 10, 2010 (IPS) – Five days before the assassination in downtown Washington of former Chilean Defence Minister Orlando Letelier, then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger rescinded instructions to U.S. ambassadors in Latin America’s Southern Cone to warn the region’s military regimes against carrying out “a series of international murders”, according to documents released by the National Security Archive (NSA) here.
Kissinger “has instructed that no further action be taken on this matter”, reads a declassified Sep. 16, 1976 cable sent by Kissinger’s office from Zambia, where he was travelling at the time, to his assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs, Harry Shlaudeman.
The “matter” in question concerned instructions sent under Kissinger’s name to U.S. ambassadors to Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay Aug. 23, 1976, to make a formal demarche to the leaders of their host governments regarding Washington’s “deep concern” about reports it had received of “plans for the assassination of subversives, politicians and prominent figures both within the national borders of certain Southern Cone countries and abroad”.