Re.: U.S. opens Files on Dirty War (ad fontes)

Chris Brady cdbrady at
Wed Aug 21 17:05:35 MDT 2002

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC
August 20, 2002

  Argentina: Declassification of Documents Related to Human Rights
Abuses Occurring  Between 1975–1984

 Today the Department of State is releasing newly declassified documents
related to human rights abuses and political violence in  Argentina from
1975 to 1984.  These documents include the period of the military
dictatorship from 1976 to 1983, preceding events and  the return to

 We are releasing these documents to assist Argentina in investigating
acts of violence during the time period covered.  This release  responds
to a variety of requests, including from the Government of Argentina;
the Government of Uruguay; the Grandmothers of the  Plaza de Mayo; and
the United States Congress.  These documents are also responsive to
mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT)  requests to the Department of
Justice from Argentina, Italy and Spain in connection with criminal
investigations of human rights violations.

 Today’s release will take place simultaneously here and in Buenos
Aires.  Hard copies of the documents will shortly be presented to the
other governments that have requested them.

 This release consists of approximately 4,700 documents.  A complete set
of the released documents is available for public review at the
Department of State FOIA Reading Room.  Copies of the documents will be
available on the Internet at


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