Sanders has been a longtime critic of CIA covert actions

An interview televised by CSPAN in 1989, when he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a stinging criticism of American covert actions to undermining socialist governments in Latin American countries.

“If you trace the history of the United States vis a vis Latin America and Central America, there has never been a time where a country made a revolution for the poor people where it was not overthrown by the CIA or the United States government, or the marines,” Sanders said.

“Salvador Allende was democratically elected by the people of Chile,” Sanders said. “He made the mistake of believing that his job as president of that country was to represent the people of Chile. And he did his best. And he was overthrown by the CIA.”

Sanders, a two-term senator, six-term congressman and former Burlington mayor is an outspoken alternative to the political establishment who is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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