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Cablegate: Chile: Milgp Request for Human Rights Vetting for Joint

VZCZCXYZ0025
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSG #1023 3262009
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 212009Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3978
RHMFISS/HQ USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL PRIORITY

UNCLAS SANTIAGO 001023

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 JOINT
COMBINED WARFIGHTING 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 Army officer who has
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 December
22.

3. (SBU) The proposed training is the Joint/Combined Warfighting
Course, to be held at the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA,
between December 29, 2008 and March 20, 2009. The name and
identifying information of the proposed candidate appear in the
following format: Name, rank, unit, date of birth, place of birth
and national identification number.

Ronald BAASCH Barberis, Commander, Liaison Officer, US Fleet Forces
Command, Chilean Navy, 12/03/1965, Vina del Mar, 7.837.146-3

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

SIMONS

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