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Sun Apr 21, 2019, 02:54 PM

Uruguay To Ask Argentina for Operation Condor Documents

A previously declassified, redacted version of an FBI report on the abduction and murder of two Cuban Embassy officers in Buenos Aires and version released as part of the Argentina Declassification Project | Photo: NSA

Published 21 April 2019 (2 hours 11 minutes ago)

Operation condor was a multinational alliance between Latin American dictatorships, with the the help of the CIA, in an effort to eliminate leftist movements.

Director of Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay Dianela Pi said Friday that her office would be requesting from Argentina the files they have in their possession about Condor Operation, specifically those related to Urgauya's dictatorship.

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The documents show that the United States provided support to military juntas that came to power in Latin America in the 1980s, training them on harsh counterinsurgency techniques at the United States Army School of the Americas.

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"The Uruguayan government has been informed privately by the Argentine authorities that eight of the 10 bodies found on the Uruguayan coast are the result of Argentine anti-terrorist operations," stated a diplomatic cable from the U.S. State Department in May 1976. "The source ensures that the bodies were thrown into the Río de la Plata from helicopters after the interrogations carried out by the Argentine authorities," reads the official U.S. statement.


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Judi Lynn Apr 2019 OP
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 06:35 PM

1. I doubt there's much to hand over, though

The last dictator, Gen. Reynaldo Bignone, had most documents related to the Dirty War burned in 1983.

This is also why no one knows with any degree of certainly how many 'disappeared' there were exactly.

The closest we have to a credible, official figure is a July 1978 cable to Chilean intelligence in which the Videla regime admitted to 22,000 such murders in Argentina alone.

The date is significant, as there's consensus among historians that the Dirty War had largely wrapped by then (thanks in no small part to pressure from the Carter administration).

Nor has the recent round of declassified CIA and U.S. Embassy document handovers answered many of the big questions related to that era.

Some questions will no doubt never be answered - not with any exactitude (beyond what is already common knowledge).

Thanks as always for keeping up with these news, Judi.

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Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:04 PM

2. Good grief! Had no idea this happened at the hands of Gen. Bignone.

Have wondered for years why it is the government has never acknowledged murdering tens of thousands of human beings.

Just went to look for a photo of him so I could more properly revile him mentally, and was startled to see I recognized his face instantly, as I looked for it before, when he was on trial for war crimes, belatedly, of course, during Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's Presidency, as no one prior to The Kirchners would have considered allowing this dictator to go to trial. Isn't it creepy fascists always arrange things before resigning so no one can find them responsible for their crimes, in most places? Horrible.

So glad to see your comment about the pressure President Jimmy Carter applied to the dictatorship, especially with the knowledge that Henry Kissinger had been a constant supporter when Republicans were in power here.

Thank you for the info.

(I did see Gen. Bignone went ahead and died, which I had forgotten if I ever knew at all. He did enough damage for more than one lifetime, clearly.)

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