Interim Report: Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders
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.