Tuesday, November 5th 2013 - 07:38 UTC

Argentina finds archives belonging to the military dictatorship

Argentina Defense Minister Agustín Rossi announced on Monday the finding of a vast quantity of archives belonging to the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976-83, including minutes that document 280 secret meetings held by the Armed Forces in those crucial years.

The neatly stored secret minutes where found in the basement of the Condor building

Speaking at a specially-convened press conference, Rossi revealed that around 1500 files had been found last Thursday in the basement of the Condor Building, the headquarters of the Argentine Air Force. The papers were stored inside safes and filing cabinets, and were found with information provided by Air Force chief Mario Miguel Callejo.

According to Rossi, among the material found were ”six archives with the original minutes of the military junta. All of the secret minutes from March 24 (1976) to December 10 1983 are there“ Minister Rossi remarked.

The minister also drew attention to ”13 original minutes from the military junta where an exhaustive briefing on Papel Prensa was carried out,“ dated from September 15 1976 to December 1 1977.

Papel Prensa was the main supplier of print to newspapers mainly in Buenos Aires city.

Rossi asserted that ”for the junta, the detention of [former Papel Prensa owners] the Graiver family was directly related to its sale.“

”The courts will decide if this documentation that we have found contains, aside from historical value, a judicial value for the various cases that are taking place in distinct Argentine jurisdictions,“ he added, referencing the paper enterprise.

”The Papel Prensa brief is an open case still, which has the documentation presented by prosecutor Ricardo Molina at the time, and which has all the documents prepared by the state in the report 'Papel Prensa, the Truth'.“

The minister further stated that junta discussion regarding those 'disappeared' during the regime was most limited ”around what to say to the public”. He also revealed the existence of so-called 'black lists' of entertainers and public figures, who were considered to be dangerous by the de facto administration.

12 comments Feed

Note: Comments do not reflect MercoPress’ opinions. They are the personal view of our users. We wish to keep this as open and unregulated as possible. However, rude or foul language, discriminative comments (based on ethnicity, religion, gender, nationality, sexual orientation or the sort), spamming or any other offensive or inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated. Please report any inadequate posts to the editor. Comments must be in English. Thank you.

1 Justthefacts (#) Nov 05th, 2013 - 09:56 am Report abuse
No doubt the most interesting bits from the Falklands War will never see the light of day- but it would be interesting to see the files
-re-affirming that the invasion was all about saving the junta's skin during falling unpopularity
-confirming that the original plan was to catch the Royal Marines by surprise and kill them in their beds at the Moody Creek barracks
-endorsing the rounding up of civilians at Goose Green in concentration camp conditions and numerous other abuses of the civilian population
-detailing the plans to use the napalm found stockpiled on the islands
-confirming the warlike intentions of the Belgrano
-ordering the random scattering of landmines without marking, fencing or recording
-endorsing the use of symbols of the International Red Cross to shield war personnel and equipment from attack
-revealing the 'bad faith' negotiations with Alexander Haig et al
-detailing the systematic abuse of thier own lower ranking troops.
All of which is already well known, but thier own files confirming it would be the icing on the cake for anyone interested in facts.

I bet those files have already been burnt.
2 Falkland Islands (#) Nov 05th, 2013 - 10:26 am Report abuse
that was the first thing that sprang to my mind too.
3 Faz (#) Nov 05th, 2013 - 11:35 am Report abuse
Do they cover the flying nuns and one way flights over the River Plate?
4 Mr Ed (#) Nov 05th, 2013 - 12:03 pm Report abuse
@1 indeed, but also plans for war with Chile over the Beagle Channel, in 1978 and in 1982, assuming a victory against the UK.

A CoNGS accepted that the Belgrano was a legitimate target, as did Bonzo. Letter from the former in Spanish:
5 zathras (#) Nov 05th, 2013 - 01:46 pm Report abuse
Oh my the records pertaining to the illegal invasion of the Falklands would be most interesting. Surely would be rather suss if those are missing, but everything else intact. But the precise orders as to the treatment of the civilian population will be most telling. You pretty well summed it up “Justthefacts”. Will be like the 30 year rule for UK government documents.
6 Conqueror (#) Nov 05th, 2013 - 02:20 pm Report abuse
Hang on. Our attention has been focussed on the Falklands War. What about Papel Prensa? How convenient that these “archives” have been found as the “government” is cutting Clarin's throat. Anybody think that the “government” is ready to use these “archives” to justify expropriation of the company? Another attempt on the limited argie “freedom of the press”?
7 CabezaDura (#) Nov 05th, 2013 - 02:27 pm Report abuse
@6 you are right. No coincidence at all, amongst the documents uncovered they have being scrapping in the bottom of the barrel for something related. There is no real evidence nor documentations that can change the judicial case of Papel Prensa that has being stalled by the government.
8 GeoffWard2 (#) Nov 05th, 2013 - 03:39 pm Report abuse
The UK '20 year rule' records (used to be 30 years) have now spanned this period, so there is scope for a piece of serious research - followed by the book and the film of the book, of course - comparing and contrasting the official records of the UK and Argentina during 1976-1983.
9 Usurping Pirate (#) Nov 05th, 2013 - 05:01 pm Report abuse
This is just another Kirchner smokescreen...
If it's not the Falklands , it's the desaparecidos .
The documents , if they exist , will no doubt contain all sorts of tantalising information from the Dirty War , bit like the row of Ford Falcons that mysteriously appeared in a Navy garage three years ago .
Argentine news programmes will have blanket coverage of Hebe & friends in new white handkerchiefs .
10 Anglotino (#) Nov 06th, 2013 - 03:40 am Report abuse
They were probably looking for money and dammit they found skeletons!
11 ElaineB (#) Nov 06th, 2013 - 12:55 pm Report abuse
I was reading about this on another site and they reported that the documents had been discovered by cleaners during a routine cleaning of the basement of the Condor building .

How routine is every thirty years?

Did the cleaners randomly decide to start reading the documents?

How did they know they were important and should be brought to the attention of the government?
12 Usurping Pirate (#) Nov 08th, 2013 - 09:05 am Report abuse
It's straight out of the X Files ... Like the row of Ford Falcons at Puerto Belgrano . Argies love a conspiracy , so it is presented like one .

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!


Get Email News Reports!

Get our news right on your inbox.
Subscribe Now!