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Argentina finds archives belonging to the military dictatorship

Tuesday, November 5th 2013 - 07:38 UTC
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The neatly stored secret minutes where found in the basement of the Condor building The neatly stored secret minutes where found in the basement of the Condor building

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.

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.

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  • Justthefacts

    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.

    Nov 05th, 2013 - 09:56 am 0
  • Falkland Islands

    that was the first thing that sprang to my mind too.

    Nov 05th, 2013 - 10:26 am 0
  • Faz

    Do they cover the flying nuns and one way flights over the River Plate?

    Nov 05th, 2013 - 11:35 am 0
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