Today in Latin American History
Chilean Diplomat Orlando Letelier was Assassinated in Washington, D.C. in 1976
Photo: Orlando Letelier
Today in Latin American history, Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier was assassinated in Washington, D.C. in 1976.
Letelier, who was a Chilean economist, Socialist politician and diplomat during the presidency of Salvador Allende, was killed by a car bomb explosion in Sheridan Circle, along with his US assistant, Ronni Moffitt.
Several people were prosecuted and convicted for the murder.
Among them were Michael Townley, an American expatriate who had once worked for the CIA.
General Augusto Pinochet, was never brought to trial for the murders, although Townley implicated him as being responsible for them.
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