Cablegate: Chile: Milgp Request for Human Rights Vetting for The
DE RUEHSG #0616 1821823
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 301823Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3448
RHMFISS/HQ USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL PRIORITY
UNCLAS SANTIAGO 000616
STATE FOR WHA/BSC, DRL, INR, PPC, PM
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MASS PREL PHUM CI
SUBJECT: CHILE: MILGP REQUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR THE
HARPOON WEAPON SYSTEM COURSE
Sensitive but unclassified. Please handle accordingly.
1. (U) This is an action request. See paragraphs 2 and 3.
2. (SBU) Action request: Embassy requests the Department assist in
conducting a Leahy Amendment Human Rights review, as well as a
general name check, of the following Chilean Navy officers who have
been nominated for U.S. funded training, pursuant to the Leahy Act
and Foreign Assistance Act. Please transmit the results of such,
including information not strictly covered by the Leahy Amendment,
to Embassy if possible by no later than July 10.
3. (SBU) The proposed training is the Harpoon Weapon System
Introduction and Operation Course, to be held at the Boeing Company,
St. Charles, Missouri, between July 14 and August 28, 2008. The
name and identifying information of the proposed candidates appear
in the following format: Name, rank, unit, date of birth, place of
birth and national identification number.
Rodrigo CASTILLO Pavez; Civilian; Systems Engineer; ASMAR Navy
Shipyard, Talcahuano; 07/16/1960; Concepcion, Chile; 08.627.872-3.
Mario ROJAS Munoz; Petty Officer First Class; Harpoon supervisor;
Chilean ship FF Williams; 10/04/1964; Concepcion, Chile;
Carlos TORRALES Guastavino; Petty Officer First Class; Operations
Department; Engineering and Naval Systems Directorate; 01/16/1969;
Valparaiso, Chile; 10.767.286-9.
Conrado GARRIDO Retamal; Petty Officer First Class; Special
Projects; Engineering and Naval Systems Directorate; 02/19/1965;
Tome, Chile; 09.958.441-6.
Patricio MEDEL Alegria; Seaman; Chilean ship FF Williams;
02/16/1983; Talcahuano, Chile; 15.179.009-7.
4. (U) Post greatly appreciates the Department's assistance with
this short notice request. Embassy's ongoing investigation has not
found credible information that the candidates have been involved in
gross human rights violations.