An intelligence-sharing network headed by the CIA and used by six South American dictators, eliminated those who resisted them.
Operation Condor, also known as Plan Condor — developed by Henry Kissinger and George Bush Sr., who was head of the CIA at the time — was a secret, transnational, state-sponsored terrorist coalition amongst the genocidal civic military dictatorships of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia.
Argentine Secretary on Human Rights, Martín Fresneda, who gave a public address on the matter this week said “It hasn’t been very hard to understand what occurred in as much as the political, economic and social plan they had for Latin America and the south of our continent. What has been very hard to understand is how far they actually went. How they exterminated our people, in the worst way possible.”
Not only did the dictatorships trade information with each other to kidnap, disappear and kill, they would also cooperate in identifying and killing exiles who had taken refuge abroad.
Sergio Díaz escaped the claws of Chilean genocidal dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1974 when he crossed the Andes Mountains to neighboring Argentina. The coup d'etat of Argentina in March 1976 meant that Sergio — as many other Chileans that sought exile in Argentina — had to not only endure two ruthless dictatorships, but the persecution of Plan Condor as well. “The U.S. used the armed forces to be able to do everything they did and we know that all of the Latin American case at the time was part of a civic, military and judicial coup,” he explained.
Estimates indicate that as many as 60,000 deaths are connected to Operation Condor.
Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it will declassify more than 5,000 secret documents related to Plan Condor in forthcoming days. It is expected that these documents will reveal new information on this brutal campaign of extermination.
“All this documentation will be helpful for a full judicial investigation into the offenders and above all as compensation to the families of the victims,” explained Guillermo Olivieri, Secretary of Worship, of the Argentine Foreign Affairs Ministry to teleSUR.