Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Codel Lynch
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R 041400Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3342
INFO RUEHDL/AMEMBASSY DUBLIN 0119
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 0319
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0122
RUEHKH/AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM 0012
RUEHMK/AMEMBASSY MANAMA 0218
RUEHLA/AMCONSUL BARCELONA 3015
UNCLAS MADRID 001713
STATE FOR EUR/WE
STATE FOR H AND RM/F/DFS/FO/AA/CAA
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT ASEC OREP SP AFIN
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR CODEL LYNCH
REF: STATE 121163
1. Embassy warmly welcomes and grants country clearance to
Mr. Stephen Lynch, Member, House oversight and Government
Reform, and acompanying congressional delegation per reftel
to travel to Rota, Spain on or about September 15 to
September 16. The purpose of the visit is to perform
oversight of USG operations.
2. Strother Murray, Political Officer will be the Embassy
point of contact for this visit. She can be reached at
embassy number 011 34 91-587-2393, blackberry number 011 34
609-771-513. Her email address is MurrayES@state.gov.
3. Logistical support will be provided at ROTA per reftel.
4. The control officer will meet and assist upon arrival.
5. Visitors are reminded that bearers of diplomatic and
official passports coming to Spain on official business need
to obtain a Spanish visa prior to arrival to Spain.
6. Post can provide DoS email access via OpenNet
(unclassified system) to State Department travelers who have
active OpenNet accounts. Post can also support users who wish
to access their email accounts using FOBs or OWA. Exchange
5.5 users (ask your system manager to provide Exchange server
version) who have to use remote login to access their
exchange email accounts will need to provide Post,s IM
section with the name of their DoS Domain and their Exchange
Server name and/or IP address.
7. THREAT ASSESSMENT:
In general, Spain is safe. However, Madrid, Barcelona and
other large cities in Spain -- including resort/convention
areas such as Benidorm -- attract a large number of criminals
and pickpockets and frequent incidents of crime of
opportunity against the unwary do occur. Carry only
essential items including a photocopy of your passport's
photo page. Visitors can protect themselves against crime by
being street-smart, alert and aware of their surroundings.
In the event you are victimized by crime, or experience any
security-related incident, please contact the Embassy's
Regional Security Office at 91-587-2550 or after hours at
91-587-2355. Official visitors to the Embassy in Madrid or
the Consulate General in Barcelona are encouraged to receive
a security briefing from the RSO office at their earliest
convenience. Additional information regarding safety and
security in Spain is available on the U.S. Department of
State's website (www.embusa.es).
Travelers are encouraged to review the most recent Worldwide
Caution issued by the Department of State. As the Department
of State continues to develop information on any potential
security threats to Americans overseas, it shares credible
threat information through its Consular Information Program
documents, available on the Internet at
http://travel/state.gov. In addition to information on the
Internet, U.S. travelers can hear recorded information by
calling the Department of State in Washington, D.C. at
202-647-5225 from their touch-tone telephone, or receive
information by automated telefax by dialing 202-647-3000 from
their fax machine.