The Office of Public Diplomacy: Psychological O...

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"If you look at it as a whole," a senior S/LPD official said, "the Office of Public Diplomacy was carrying out a huge psychological operation of the kind the military conducts to influence a population in denied or enemy territory." "The idea," said an official opposed to the activity, "is to slowly demonize the Sandinista government in order to turn it into a real enemy and threat in the minds of the American people, thereby eroding their resistance to US support for the Contras and, perhaps, to a future U.S. military intervention in the region."

-- N.S.C. Supervised Office to Influence Opinion, the Miami Herald, July 19, 1987