John Pilger on Gough Whitlam and the CIA’s “forgotten coup”

The following article is reprinted by permission from the author, London-based Australian journalist John Pilger. The original article was published to Pilger’s website following the passing of Gough Whitlam on October 21, 2014. Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements are recognised, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him. Australia briefly became an independent state during the Whitlam years, 1972-75. An American commentator wrote that no country had “

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