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June 23, 1976
Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00530913 ROUTING ca.., NAME AND ADDRESS DATE INITIALS '1 2 3 4 ACTION DIRECT REPLY PREPARE REPLY APPROVAL DISPATCH RECOMMENDATION COMMENT FILE RETURN CONCURRENCE INFORMATION SIGNATURE REMARKS: FROM: NAME, ADDRESS, AND PHONE NO. DATE , 3.5(c) cret /.. (Security Classification) CONTROL NO. Access to this document will be restricted to those approved for the following specific activities: NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DAILY CABLE Wednesday June 23, 1976 CI NIDC 76-147C Warning Notice Sensitive Intelligence Sources and Methods Involved NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION Liauthorized Disclosure Subject to Criminal Sanctions 4111111111111MY 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00530913 (Sscuri Classification) 3.5(c)' it,i4riclroved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00530913 171.:OLJKIL124 1. 3.5(c) 3.5(c) NR COUNTERTERRORISM IN SOUTH AMERICA The security organizations of several South Amer- ican countries may be cooperating in actions against political refugees in Argentina.// Early this month, armed men ransacked the offices of the Argentine Catholic Commission on Immigration and stole records containing information on thousands of refugees and im- migrants. Argentine police did not investigate the crime and dismissed it as a simple robbery.// Two days later, 24 Uruguayan and Chilean refu- gees, many of whom were the subject of Commission files, were kidnaped and tortured for several hours. Some of the refugees later identified their interrogators as security officers from Chile and Uruguay. Presumably, the Chilean-Uruguayan operation could not have been undertaken without the knowledge of the Ar- gentine security forces.// 3.5(c) In the past few weeks, two prominent Uruguayan political exiles and a former leftist president of Bolivia have been killed under mysterious circumstances in Argentina. Argen- tine Minister of Economy Martinez de Hoz recently told the US ambassador in Buenos Aires that his government was not responsi- ble for the murder of ex-president Torres and speculated--with- out providing evidence--that leftist extremists had eliminated "one of their own."// 16 TOP-SECIIrT Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00530913 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00530913 H1' J. I There are also several reports that Chilean left- 3.5(c)-), ist leader Edgardo Enriquez, who was arrested by Argentine secu- rity forces on April 10, was subsequently turned over to the Chileans and is now dead. Meanwhile, the Brazilian press reports that the Argentine government has handed over to Chilean author- ities a Brazilian political exile wanted by Santiago.// The Argentine junta has denied allegations that it has violated "human rights" and recently issued an official communique declaring that it would not repatriate refugees by force. Despite this and similar disclaimers by respected Argen- tine leaders, US embassy officials in Buenos Aires suspect the acquiescence, and perhaps the direct involvement, of the Argen- tine security forces in many of these incidents.// In early 1974 security officials from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia met in Buenos Aires to prepare coordinated actions against subversive targets. They agreed to establish diplomatic security liaison channels, to exchange intelligence information on a regular basis, and to facilitate the international movement of security officers on official business.// 3.3(b)(1) Since then, there have been a few reports indicating that the Argentines have con- ducted joint countersubversive operations with the Chileans and with the Uruguayans. Until recently, however, there was no evi- dence that this cooperation was extensive or very effective. 17 TOP_SEGRET Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00530913 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00530913 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C00530913 NR