Publishing: Bidding for Che

When Bolivian troops seized and killed Ernesto ("Che") Guevara last October, they got an unexpected dividend.

Among Che's possessions they found a 30,000-word diary, written in his own hand in Spanish and detailing all his activities from the time he arrived in Bolivia in 1966 almost up to the day of his capture. The government used excerpts from the diary to convict French Agitator Jules Regis Debray for aiding the guerrillas. It also arrested some 20 Bolivians who were mentioned as collaborators. Then, once the political usefulness of the diary had been exhausted, it was put up for sale.

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