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Cablegate: Spain: Human Rights Vetting Results for Socom

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P 251612Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUCQVAB/HQ USSOCOM INTEL OPS CEN MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5628
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UNCLAS MADRID 001235

SIPDIS

FOR KEVIN FAIRFAX AND RAQUEL GREEN
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/WE
OSD FOR COL PAT MCCLELLAND

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MOPS PREL PGOV PHUM SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN: HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING RESULTS FOR SOCOM
CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

REF: SOVEREIGN CHALLENGE PROGRAM/KREZECZOWSKI E-MAILS

1. (U) Pursuant to provisions of the Leahy Amendment and
Foreign Assistance Act, Post has carefully reviewed the human
rights records of the following Spanish candidates who were
intially invited to participate in the 4th Annual Sovereign
Challenge Foreign Military Attache (FMA) conference, which
was to be held November 17-20. Subject conference has now
been postponed until spring, but it will be sponsored in
spring 2009 by U. S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at
Hurlburt Field, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. U.S. Embassy
Madrid's Leahy Vetting Group has no credible information that
any of the below named officers have been involved in gross
human rights violations or drug trafficking violations.

2. (U) The following Attaches assigned to the Spanish Embassy
in Washington, DC, have been invited to participate in the
USSOCOM conference and vetted by agencies at Post:

-- Brigadier General Rafael Vaquero Fernandez
DPOB: 21 May 1954, Madrid
Spanish Passport XF001116
Defense Attache

-- Colonel Jesus Ubierna Paramo
DPOB: 26 Dec 1952, Burgos
Spanish Passport XF001181
Military Attache

-- CN Jose Luis Martinez-Avial Areces
DPOB: 13 Oct 1955, Pravia, Oviedo
Spanish Passport XF001257
Naval Attache

-- Colonel Jose Enrique Rodriguez Gonzalez
DPOB: 03 Mar 1953, Guijon
Spanish Passport XF003636
Air Attache


3. (U) The Spanish liaison at U.S. Southern Command
(SOUTHCOM) has also been invited to participate and has
likewise been vetted by all agencies at Post:

-- Admiral Fernando Gea Guerrero
DPOB: 24 Jan 49, Cartagena, Murcia
Spanish Passport XF003248


4. (U) Post appreciates the State Department's assistance in
clearing these individuals for participation in subject
conference once it is rescheduled.
AGUIRRE

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