Nation: Assassins' Trail

The U.S. names seven killers

"Something has happened in the District of Columbia." Two days after receiving this cryptic phone message from an accomplice, Michael Townley, 33, an American-born agent of Chile's secret police (DINA), flew home to Santiago from Miami, his mission accomplished. It was to assassinate Orlando Letelier, 42, a self-exiled former Chilean Ambassador and eloquent critic of the military junta headed by General Augusto Pinochet. Letelier was killed in Washington on Sept. 21, 1916, by a remote-controlled bomb planted in his blue Chevelle; killed with him was an American aide,...

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