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Cablegate: Spain: Human Rights Vetting Results for Socom

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TO RUCQVAB/HQ USSOCOM INTEL OPS CEN MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1906
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UNCLAS MADRID 000161

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FOR DAVID DIVINE AND MAJOR GARY TOWN
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/WE
OSD FOR ANDY WINTERNITZ

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

REF: A. SOVEREIGN CHALLENGE PROGRAM/DAVID DIVINE E-MAILS
B. DMS MESSAGE DTG 211144Z JAN 10

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 have
been invited to participate in the 5th Annual Sovereign
Challenge Foreign Military Attache (FMA) conference, to be
held March 8-11 in Key West, Florida. Subject conference is
sponsored by U. S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) out
of Tampa, 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, Spain
Spanish Passport XF001116
Defense Attache

-- Major Jose Mellado
DPOB: 3 July 1964, Velez-Malaga, Spain
Spanish Passport XF006188
Ministry of Interior Attache

3. (U) Post appreciates the State Department's assistance in

clearing these individuals for participation in subject
conference.
SOLOMONT

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