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Argentina finds archives belonging to the military dictatorship

Tuesday, November 5th 2013 - 07:38 UTC
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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. Read full article

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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 - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Falkland Islands

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

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

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

    Nov 05th, 2013 - 11:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    @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:
    http://www.lanacion.com.ar/700676-cartas-de-lectores

    Nov 05th, 2013 - 12:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    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.

    Nov 05th, 2013 - 01:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    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”?

    Nov 05th, 2013 - 02:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura

    @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.

    Nov 05th, 2013 - 02:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    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.

    Nov 05th, 2013 - 03:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Usurping Pirate

    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 .

    Nov 05th, 2013 - 05:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    They were probably looking for money and dammit they found skeletons!

    Nov 06th, 2013 - 03:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    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?

    Nov 06th, 2013 - 12:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Usurping Pirate

    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 .

    Nov 08th, 2013 - 09:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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