CIA man recounts Che Guevara’s death

From BBC News:

According to Mr Rodriguez’s version of events, the atmosphere was so friendly that Che willingly agreed to the photograph and even laughed when Rodriguez said: “Watch the birdie, Comandante”.

An hour or so after the photo was taken, Che was killed.

Felix Rodriguez received the order from the Bolivian military high command. There was a simple code: 500 meant Che Guevara, 600 dead, 700 alive.

500 – 600 was the command.

Mr Rodriguez wanted confirmation on the crackly radio line. It was repeated: 500 – 600.

Mr Rodriguez broke the news to Che that there was to be no trial.

“Che turned white… before saying: ‘It’s better this way, I should have died in combat.'”