Michael Townley

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BornDecember 5, 1942
Iowa, USA
Perpetrator ofOrlando Letelier/Assassination

Michael Vernon Townley is a former agent of the Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional[1] currently living under terms of the US federal witness protection program. An operative of the Chilean secret police, Townley confessed, was convicted, and served 62 months in prison in the United States for the 1976 assassination of Orlando Letelier, former Chilean ambassador to the United States.[2] As part of his plea bargain, Townley received immunity from further prosecution; he was not extradited to Argentina to stand trial for the 1974 assassination of Chilean general Carlos Prats and his wife.[2]

In 1993 Townley was also convicted, in absentia, by an Italian court for carrying out the 1975 Rome murder attempt on Bernardo Leighton.[3] Townley worked in producing chemical weapons for Chilean dictator General Pinochet's use against political opponents along with Colonel Gerardo Huber[4] and the DINA biochemist Eugenio Berríos.[5]


An event carried out

Orlando Letelier/AssassinationWashington DC


  1. http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB8/docs/doc02.pdf
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  4. Manuel Salazar Salvo, Roto el pacto de silencio en la inteligencia militar Archived 2007-09-21 at the Wayback Machine., Punto Final, n°611, 24 March – 6 April 2006 (in Spanish)
  5. Michael Townley fue interrogado por muerte de Frei Montalva[dead link], Radio Cooperativa, 30 March 2005 (in Spanish)