Letter: Whither Pinochet?

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Sir: Andrew Neil states ("Pinochet was a vile Fascist but Allende was no hero", 22 October) that "The Americans did not become involved in Chile until they realised that it was being turned into a Marxist enclave by the Soviet Union and Cuba". That is false.

The US Senate Select Committee in 1975 documented the involvement of the US Government, the CIA and the US Army from 1963 until 1973. I assume Mr Neil knows that Allende's government was in power from 4 November 1970 to 11 September 1973.

Dr ROBINSON ROJAS SANDFORD

South Bank University

London SE1

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