The USA declassified more than 40,000 documents for Argentina

The head of the National archives and records administration David Ferreiro during the ceremony held in Washington handed over to the Minister of justice of Argentina Herman Garavano thousands of declassified documents of the military dictatorship in the Republic of 1976-1983, called “Dirty war”.

“This historic event. The information will allow us to continue the proceedings on violations of this dark period in our history”, – quotes the words of the Argentine Minister El País publishing house.

The transferred documents were previously classified and kept at secret archives of the United States. We are talking about more than 43,000 pages of historical materials, 97% of which remained intact, without any edits. In total, more than 400 employees were involved in the declassification of documents of the CIA, the FBI, the Pentagon and other agencies. In particular, the secret reports of American intelligence, dispatches and reports of diplomats and other reports that contain information about the facts of crimes that have become known to Americans.

The project of declassification archival documents began more than three years ago in the Barack Obama’s presidency. Then, after the visit of the American leader to Buenos Aires, there was a warming in relations between the United States and Argentina. Obama promised that the United States will help the Argentines turn this dark page in their history related to the military dictatorship.

There was war crimes of 1976-1983, when Isabel Peron was overthrown in result of a coup. The junta headed by General Jorge Videla came to power. According to various estimates, more than 30,000 people have been victims of dictatorship and state terrorism policy. Argentinians expect that the documents handed over by the Americans will help to continue the trials and punish those involved in human rights violations during the “Dirty war”. The General Videla died in a dream on May 17, 2013 at the age of 87 in prison, where he was serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity.