Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho (1973) | 7 Ignoble Nobel Prize Winners

Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho (1973)

The then adviser to four presidents and US Secretary of State under the Nixon and Ford administrations and Politburo member and chief negotiator for the North Vietnamese, were jointly awarded the Peace Prize for negotiating a ceasefire between the US and North Vietnam in 1973. However, the war was still going on at the time of the announcement. As Secretary of State, Kissinger, was involved in Operation Condor, a coordinated campaign by various US-backed Latin American dictatorships to hunt down, torture and murder tens of thousands of opponents to those regimes, and the US bombing campaigns in Cambodia and Laos, among others. He also expanded the US war effort in Vietnam. Le Duc Tho, more true to himself and the circumstances, declined the prize.

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