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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Pre-License End-Use Check On License

VZCZCXYZ0000
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHME #3137 2971344
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 231344Z OCT 08
FM AMEMBASSY MEXICO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3671
INFO RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RHMFIUU/FBI WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUETIAA/DIRNSA FT GEORGE G MEADE MD IMMEDIATE

UNCLAS MEXICO 003137

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

FOR PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR, WHA/MEX, AND INL/LP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC SNAR MX
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK ON LICENSE
050115265

REF: STATE 95300

1. (SBU) Poloff met with Eduardo Jordan, marketing agent for
Bushmaster, and Oswaldo Luna Valderrabano of La Policia
Federal Preventiva (PFP), and spoke by phone with Lieutenant
Colonel Raul Manzano Velez in the Office of Commercialization
of Armaments and Municions at the Secretariat of National
Defense (SEDENA) October 10 about the end-use check on
license 050115265 (reftel). Valderrabano and Manzano both
confirmed the order and the purpose of the contract to
facilitate the expansion of PFP. Jordan told Poloff that he
will not physically transport the defense articles across the
U.S.-Mexico border but will rely on a freight-forwarder.
Upon reaching the Mexican side, he explained that SEDENA then
would take possession of the defense articles as the only
authorized unit of the Government of Mexico (GOM) to import
military equipment. SEDENA would retain physical possession
of the articles until they are delivered to PFP in Mexico
City. This was corroborated by the representatives from
SEDENA and PFP. Jordan said that he represents Bushmaster in
an official capacity and receives training on a regular basis
when he visits Bushmaster headquarters in Maine on the rules
and regulations in the registration and licensing obligations
of a broker under part 129 of the International Traffic in
Arms Regulation (ITAR).

2. (SBU) Poloff used the agent to establish contact with
both PFP and SEDENA and is confident that the information he
obtained is credible.

Visit Mexico City's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/mexicocity and the North American
Partnership Blog at http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/nap /
GARZA

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