“We’re following the example of the Cuban Revolution and counting on the support of her militant internationalism … represented by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Armed conflict in continental terms remains as relevant today as ever!” (Salvador Allende’s minister Carlos Altamirano, January 1971.)
By the time of Pinochet’s coup, an estimated 31,000 Cuban, Soviet bloc and Communist operatives infested Chile, including Castro’s top terrorist spymasters, Antonio De La Guardia and his (nominal) boss Manuel “Barbarroja” Pineiro.” Among the hundreds of Soviet personnel were KGB luminaries Viktor Efremov, Vasili Stepanov and Nikolai Kotchanov.
(“Wipe that smirk of your face, Fidel. Don’t for a second think we’re that stupid! Instead we’re keeping the U.S. State Dept and CIA completely out of the loop on my coup plans. Which means your Chilean chums are toast!”)
It was 40 years ago today General Pinochet taught his band to play —de ESO NADA NANGARAS! (nothing doing, commies!)