Marshall Green

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John Jiggens writes: "The puppet masters who led the coup [in Australia] were Ted Shackley and Marshal Green. Nixon appointed Green as US Ambassador to Australia in 1973. Nick-named “the coup-master”, Green had been involved in several countries where the CIA had masterminded coups, such as Indonesia (1965) and Cambodia (1970)." [1]

Biographical Details

"He was a witness to history from the earliest days of his career, which began with his appointment in 1939 as the private secretary to the United States Ambassador to Tokyo. He left the Embassy only a few months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

"In 1961 he was the senior American diplomat in South Korea during a coup that toppled a democratically elected Government. Four years later he was Ambassador to Indonesia during the overthrow of President Sukarno and his replacement by President Suharto. In 1969 he was named a member of the United States delegation to talks in Paris to end the Vietnam War.

"In the 1970's he was a key aide to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and accompanied President Richard M. Nixon on his historic 1972 visit to China...

"History is likely to regard the period from 1940 to about 1970 as the golden age of the American Foreign Service, said William P. Bundy, who preceded Mr. Green as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and later edited Foreign Affairs magazine. No career officer exemplifies that period and its ethos better than Marshall Green....

"He was named Ambassador to Indonesia in July 1965, only weeks ahead of an anti-Communist purge there that would see Sukarno replaced with Mr. Suharto and would lead to the deaths of an estimated 500,000 Indonesians...

"From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Green was Ambassador to Australia. He returned from Australia to become the State Department's coordinator of population affairs.

"He retired in 1979..." [2]

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  1. November 11: Coup? What coup?, Green Left Weekly, accessed December 11, 2010.
  2. Marshall Green Dies at 82; Longtime Diplomat in Asia, NYT, accessed December 11, 2010.