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Declassified US documents reveal that Pinochet ordered killing of Chilean in Washington, DC

  • FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2006 file photo, Senator Sigfrido Reyes of the FMLN party holds a photo of the murder scene of Chile's diplomat Orlando Letelier during a legislative session while right-wing parties propose holding a minute of silence for Chile's late Gen. Augusto Pinochet, days after he died, in San Salvador, El Salvador. Newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents that came to light on Oct. 8, 2015 reveal that Pinochet directly ordered Letelier's assassination. Letelier, a former defense and foreign minister under President Salvador Allende who was ousted by the Pinochet-led coup in 1973, was tortured and jailed, then later fled to the United States. Letelier died in a car bomb in 1976 in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis Romero, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2006 file photo, Senator Sigfrido Reyes of the FMLN party holds a photo of the murder scene of Chile's diplomat Orlando Letelier during a legislative session while right-wing parties propose holding a minute of silence for Chile's late Gen. Augusto Pinochet, days after he died, in San Salvador, El Salvador. Newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents that came to light on Oct. 8, 2015 reveal that Pinochet directly ordered Letelier's assassination. Letelier, a former defense and foreign minister under President Salvador Allende who was ousted by the Pinochet-led coup in 1973, was tortured and jailed, then later fled to the United States. Letelier died in a car bomb in 1976 in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis Romero, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this August 26, 1971 file photo, Chile's President Salvador Allende, left, talks with his ambassador to Washington, Orlando Letelier, right, in Quito, Ecuador. Newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents that came to light on Oct. 8, 2015 reveal that  Gen. Augusto Pinochet directly ordered Letelier's assassination. Letelier, a former defense and foreign minister under Allende who was ousted by the Pinochet-led coup in 1973, was tortured and jailed, then later fled to the United States. Letelier died in a car bomb in 1976 in Washington. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this August 26, 1971 file photo, Chile's President Salvador Allende, left, talks with his ambassador to Washington, Orlando Letelier, right, in Quito, Ecuador. Newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents that came to light on Oct. 8, 2015 reveal that Gen. Augusto Pinochet directly ordered Letelier's assassination. Letelier, a former defense and foreign minister under Allende who was ousted by the Pinochet-led coup in 1973, was tortured and jailed, then later fled to the United States. Letelier died in a car bomb in 1976 in Washington. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This June 23, 2009 file photo shows a memorial where Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier died in a 1976 car bomb in Washington. Newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents that came to light on Oct. 8, 2015 reveal that Chile's Gen. Augusto Pinochet directly ordered Letelier's assassination. Letelier, a former defense and foreign minister under President Salvador Allende who was ousted by the Pinochet-led coup in 1973, was tortured and jailed, then later fled to the United States. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    FILE - This June 23, 2009 file photo shows a memorial where Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier died in a 1976 car bomb in Washington. Newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents that came to light on Oct. 8, 2015 reveal that Chile's Gen. Augusto Pinochet directly ordered Letelier's assassination. Letelier, a former defense and foreign minister under President Salvador Allende who was ousted by the Pinochet-led coup in 1973, was tortured and jailed, then later fled to the United States. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)  (The Associated Press)

Newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents reveal that Gen. Augusto Pinochet directly ordered the 1976 assassination of a Chilean diplomat in Washington, D.C.

Former Defense and Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier was killed in a car bomb, along with American Ronni Moffitt.

Letelier had been a top official under President Salvador Allende. After the Pinochet-led coup in 1973, Letelier was tortured and jailed. He later fled to the United States.

Former Chilean secret police chief Manuel Contreras was convicted in 2005 of Letelier's death.

Letelier's son, Sen. Juan Pablo Letelier, told reporters on Wednesday that he had received copies of the documents at the behest of President Michelle Bachelet.

Bachelet received them from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in Chile on Monday for an oceans conference.