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Cablegate: Chile: Milgp Request for Human Rights Vetting for F-16

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DE RUEHSG #1135 3581019
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 231019Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4181
RHMFISS/HQ USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL PRIORITY

UNCLAS SANTIAGO 001135

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/BSC, DRL, INR, PPC, PM, CD1D FOR BROWN, JOHNS
SOUTHCOM FOR EVANS, FINLAY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MASS PREL PHUM CI
SUBJECT: CHILE: MILGP REQUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR F-16
ENGINE MAINTENANCE TRAINING COURSES

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 Air Force officers who
have been nominated to participate in 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 January 20,
2009.

3. (SBU) The proposed training is the F-16 Engine Maintenance
Training Course, to be held at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona,
between January 23, 2009 and January 30, 2009. 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.

Rafael O. SALAS Alvear, Captain, Fifth Air Brigade, Chilean Air
Force, 08/18/1977, Talca, 14.345.327-9

Omar A. PONCE Contreras, Airman First Class, Fifth Air Brigade,
Chilean Air Force, 06/30/1980, San Miguel, 13.939.869-6

Renan A. MORALES Delannoi, Captain, First Air Brigade, Chilean Air
Force, 12/05/1977, Santiago, 13.273.434-9

Juan HUIRCAPAN Martinez, Staff Sergeant, Chilean Air Force,
06/24/1970, Santiago, 11.639.055-8

4. (U) Post greatly appreciates the Department's assistance with
this request. Embassy's ongoing investigation has not found
credible information that the candidates have been involved in gross
human rights violations.

URBAN

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