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Jonathan Mirsky states [NYR, June 10] that the Dalai Lama is wrong to give (reluctant) credit to the CIA for his escape from China. "The Dalai Lama," Mirsky writes, "has been misinformed…. The escape operation was an entirely Tibetan affair."
The Dalai Lama's administration acknowledged today that it received $1.7 million a year in the 1960's from the Central Intelligence Agency, but denied reports that the Tibetan leader benefited personally from an annual subsidy of $180,000.
The money allocated for the resistance movement was spent on training volunteers and paying for guerrilla operations against the Chinese, the Tibetan government-in-exile said in a statement. It added that the subsidy earmarked for the Dalai Lama was spent on setting up offices in Geneva and New York and on international lobbying.
The Dalai Lama, 63, a revered spiritual leader both in his Himalayan homeland and in Western nations, fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against a Chinese military occupation, which began in 1950.
The decade-long covert program to support the Tibetan independence movement was part of the C.I.A.'s worldwide effort to undermine Communist governments, particularly in the Soviet Union and China.
Originally posted by chromatico
reply to post by gluetrap
Sure, why not? We can't be hypocrites. I'd gladly live under the leadership of the Cherokee. It'd be a heck of a lot better than what we've got now.