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Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for David W. Mckee

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UNCLAS MADRID 003647

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AINF PGOV PINR SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR DAVID W. MCKEE

REF: SECSTATE 204820

1. Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance to David W.
McKee, Department of State, to travel to Madrid, September 30
- October 2 to assist Embassy with its classified homepage on
SIPRNET.

2. Control Officer at Embassy Madrid is Suzannah Jones. She
can be reached at work (34-91-587-2387) on her mobile
(34-680-411-729) or e-mail: jonessm2@state.gov.

3. As requested in reftel hotel reservations have been made
at Hotel Melia Galgos, Claudio Coello, 139, 28006 Madrid.
The hotel can be reached at 34-91-562-6600 or faxed at
34-91-562-7519. Rate per room per night is within government
per diem at 165.85 euros (VAT included).

4. 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 in Spain.

5. 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 (http://www.state.gov) and the U.S. Embassy'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.
ARGYROS

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