[Marxism] Argentina Declassification Project

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 8 17:37:30 MDT 2016

*Washington, D.C.: August 8, 2016 - *The Obama Administration today
released what it called “the first tranche” of declassified documents on
repression in Argentina, fulfilling a commitment to open long-secret U.S.
intelligence archives made by President Obama when he visited Buenos Aires
on March 24, 2016, on the 40th anniversary of the military coup.

During diplomatic talks last week, Secretary of State John Kerry turned
over more than 1000 pages, drawn from the SCIFS — Secure Compartmentalized
Information Facilities — at the Ford, Carter and Reagan presidential
libraries, to Argentine President Mauricio Macri. Tomorrow, the U.S.
embassy plans to formally present a set of the records to CELS, Argentina’s
leading human rights group.

The administration also posted the records on the website of the Office of
the Director of National Intelligence today at this URL:


The release marks the first installment of thousands of CIA, NSC, Defense
Department and FBI documents that are currently being gathered and reviewed
as part of President Obama’s executive declassification project on
Argentina. Another release of records is expected before Obama leaves
office, with additional “tranches” of the most sensitive records to be
released under the next administration. (During the last year of the
Clinton administration in 2000, the State Department initiated a special
declassification on Argentina which resulted in the release of 4,200 State
Department records during the first year of the George W. Bush
administration.) “We are conscious of the lessons of the past,” Secretary
Kerry stated on August 4 when he handed over the first set of records. He
noted that there would be “more to come in the future.”

The documents released today include formerly secret memoranda of
conversation between President Jimmy Carter and Argentine junta leader
General Jorge Videla, as well as records of a meeting between Videla and
Vice President Walter Mondale in Rome in 1977, along with NSC records on
how to press the Argentine military to limit human rights violations. The
White House records reveal President Carter’s personal intervention in
obtaining the release of one of Argentina’s most famous political
prisoners, newspaper publisher Jacobo Timmerman.

The National Security Archive, which has worked on previous executive
declassification projects, hailed today’s publication of records related to
Argentina. “This release marks an important step forward in the quest for
truth, justice and historical accountability,” noted Carlos Osorio, who
directs the Archive’s Southern Cone project. The Obama administration,
according to senior analyst Peter Kornbluh, “deserves credit for this act
of declassified diplomacy and for making the declassification of secret
government records a creative component of U.S. policy to advance human

The Archive will be posting a selection of the just-released records on its
later today.

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