OPERATION CONDOR: Officials of Amnesty International Targeted for ‘Liquidation’

15 December 2016 — National Security Archive

Repression in Argentina: Obama Administration Declassifies Top Secret Intelligence Files

New Documents Shed Light on OPERATION CONDOR, planned missions in Europe

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 572

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Washington D.C., December 14, 2016 – Operation Condor, the trans-border, multinational effort by Southern Cone secret police services to track down and “liquidate” opponents of their regimes in the 1970s, targeted officials of Amnesty International as well as other human rights groups, and planned overseas missions in Paris and London, according to a comprehensive CIA report on Condor operations just released by the Obama administration, and published today by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University. 

“The basic mission of Condor teams to be sent overseas,” according to the CIA, was “to liquidate top-level terrorist leaders. Non-terrorists also were reportedly candidates for assassination,” the CIA reported in May 1977, and “some leaders of Amnesty Internation[al] were mentioned as targets.”

The secret CIA report is included among more than 500 pages of documents on repression during the military dictatorship in Argentina declassified by the Obama administration this week.

Today the National Security Archive is publishing a sample from that collection that attests to the richness of the information contained in intelligence records that were previously unavailable to the public, and to the extraordinary openness of the reviewers to contributing to the clarification of the history of human rights violations in Argentina. 

“With the release of this revealing documentation, President Obama has advanced the cause of human rights in Argentina and elsewhere,” said Carlos Osorio, who directs the Southern Cone documentation project at the National Security Archive and has actively supported the administration’s special declassification project. “This gesture of declassification diplomacy,” Osorio noted, “will be part of the legacy of Obama’s presidency.”

 

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