Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders

Title:                  Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders

Author:                United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities.

United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities (1976). Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders : An Interim Report Of The Select Committee To Study Governmental Operations With Respect To Intelligence Activities, United States Senate : Together With Additional, Supplemental, And Separate Views (foreword by Clark R. Mollenhoff ; introd. by Senator Frank Church). New York: Norton

LCCN:    76366331

KF31.5 .G7 1975a

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Date Updated:  March 7, 2017

The Church Committee investigated CIA plots to assassinate foreign leaders. This Interim Report, published in 1975, discusses alleged plots to kill:

  • Patrice Lumumba (Congo)
    • Fidel Castro (Cuba)
    • Rafael Trujillo (Dominican Republic)
    • Ngo Dinh Diem (Vietnam)
    • Rene Schneider (Chile)

The Committee also examined the CIA’s development of a general “executive action” capability. The Committee found that the U.S. initiated plots to assassinate Fidel Castro and Patrice Lumumba. In the other cases, either U.S. involvement was indirect or evidence was too inconclusive to issue a finding. In Lumumba’s case, the Committee asserted that the U.S. was not involved in his death, despite earlier plotting. The Committee was unable to state with certainty whether any plots were authorized by U.S. Presidents.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

A preliminary report of the Church Committee investigating intelligence activities of the alleged U.S. and CIA involvement in assassination plots of five foreign leaders: Fidel Castro of Cuba, Patrice Lumumba of Congo (Zaire), Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, General Rene Schneider of Chile, and President Ngo Dinh Diem of the Republic of South Vietnam. Covert action as a vehicle for foreign policy implementation is examined, with details on the assassination plots provided. A summary of findings and conclusions is also provided. Additional, supplemental, and separate views of some of the members of the committee are included at the end of the report. Remarkable detail is provided as to the covert operations in the five countries.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 215

 

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