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Orlando Letelier

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Orlando Letelier
Letelier in 1976
Born
Sergio Orlando Letelier del Solar

(1932-04-13)April 13, 1932
DiedSeptember 21, 1976(1976-09-21) (aged 44)
Cause of deathCar bomb (plotted by Augusto Pinochet)
Resting placeCementerio General, Recoleta, Chile
NationalityChilean
SpouseIsabel Margarita Morel
Children4 sons
Parent(s)Orlando Letelier Ruiz
Inés del Solar

Marcos Orlando Letelier del Solar (April 13, 1932 – September 21, 1976) was a Chilean socialist politician during the presidency of Salvador Allende.

Death[change | change source]

Looking for a refuge from the military regime of General Augusto Pinochet, Letelier accepted academic positions in Washington, D.C. On September 21, 1976, he was killed in a car bomb by agents of the Pinochet regime's secret police, Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional in 1976, in collaboration with members of the "Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations". Ronni Susan Moffitt (née Karpen) was also killed while her husband, Michael Paul Moffitt (who were married four months ago before the bombing) survives in the attack.[1][2]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Lettieri, Mike (1 June 2007). "Posada Carriles, Bush's Child of Scorn". Washington Report on the Hemisphere. 27 (7/8).
  2. "Cable Ties Kissinger to Chile Scandal". The Boston Globe. Associated Press. 8 October 2021. The next day, on Sept. 21, 1976, agents of Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet planted a car bomb and exploded it on a Washington, D.C., street, killing both former Ambassador Orlando Letelier, and an American colleague, Ronni Karpen Moffitt. Letelier was one of the most outspoken critics of the Pinochet government.

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