German radio correspondent based in Buenos Aires Gabriela Weber, who is investigating the alleged theft of children by a US diplomat during the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) apparently has been permanently denied her request for an entrance visa.
Weber has long reported for German news media, specializing in investigations of Nazi war criminals and human rights violations in South America. She is perhaps best known for her lawsuit that forced Germany’s intelligence service last year to open thousands of files on top Nazi Adolf Eichmann, some of which showed that the U.S. and Germany knew he was hiding in Argentina after World War II.
“It seems to me that the attitude of the State Department has to do with my investigations in the US National Archives” said Weber who on March 18 received a letter stating she remains “permanently ineligible” because she “misrepresented material facts”.
US Buenos Aires Embassy spokeswoman Shannon Farrell said privacy laws governing migration decisions prevented her from commenting on the visa denial.
According to the French news agency AFP, the journalist came to Argentina to investigate the illegal adoption of children of disappeared political prisoners during the military dictatorship. Weber wanted to travel to the United States to continue her investigation, as she allegedly has evidence linking diplomatic military Willaim Desreis with the crimes.
The Foreign Correspondents Association of Argentina (ACE) interceded on Weber’s behalf and called on the US to explain its denial, the Associated Press explains. “The inability to enter the United States is causing serious harm to our member Gabriele Weber’s journalistic research” complained ACE.
In August 2010, Weber was deported to Buenos Aires seven hours after arriving in Washington with an ESTA visa, which is required for German citizens, the AFP reports. On returning to Argentina, she applied for a journalist visa, but was denied.