Kathy Kadane

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Interests1965 Indonesia coup attempt
Proved US involvement in creating death list for the 1965 massacres in Indonesia

Kathy Kadane is an American journalist, most known for her article on US participation in the 1965 massacres in Indonesia. She also wrote on Koreagate in 1976, a South Korean attempt to seek political influence in the United States[1].


Kadane had met a CIA agent who had been working in Indonesia and he talked about how the U.S. CIA made up lists of dissidents in Indonesia and gave them over to the military under Suharto as he rose to power.

On May 21, 1990 Kadane working for States News Service published an article in the Washington Post, "U.S. Officials' Lists Aided Indonesian Bloodbath in '60s.", where she wrote[2]:

U.S. officials 25 years ago supplied the names of thousands of members of the Indonesian Communist Party to the army in Jakarta, which at the time was hunting down the leftists and killing them in a crackdown branded as one of the century's worst massacres, former U.S. diplomats and CIA officials say.


For the first time, the officials are acknowledging that they systematically compiled comprehensive lists of communist operatives, from the top echelons down to village cadres in Indonesia, the world's fifth most populous nation. As many as 5,000 names were furnished over a period of months to the army there, and the Americans later checked off the names of those who had been killed or captured, according to the former U.S. officials.

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