This study, originally completed in 1974, analyzes the kidnapping of Dan A. Mitrione, the Chief Public Safety Adviser at the American Embassy in Uruguay, on July 31, 1970, by members of the National Liberation Movement (an urban guerrilla group known as the Tupamaros). The author reviews the political context at the time of the kidnapping, discusses the Uruguayan government's response, the terrorists' view of events, the Brazilian linkage, the role played by the United States, and the hostage experience. An epilogue adds newly available information about the Mitrione kidnapping.
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