theories have circulated in the local Chilean press and been picked up by the international media linking this mysterious man to Michael Townley, a United States citizen who worked for Pinochet's secret police (DINA) and was involved in the famous assassination of Orlando Letelier in Washington, D.C.
"However, Peter Kornbluh, author of the Pinochet File which is being revised and released for the 40th anniversary of the coup and an expert on dictatorship-era Chile, told The Santiago Times that Townley could not have been involved in [Pablo] Neruda's death, and speculation to the contrary is hurting the case
from The Santiago Times: The death of Pablo Neruda: looking for answers in the wrong place
then Associated Press: US experts: Townley could not have killed Neruda
then Daily Mail: Was poet Pablo Neruda poisoned by former CIA agent on orders of Chilean dictator? Judge orders manhunt for American spy and exhumation of Nobel Laureate's grave
then The Book Haven: Pablo Neruda: Too little, too late? The long-delayed investigation into the death of the poet.