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September 22, 1976
Approved for Release: 2018/10/01 C06627603 3.5(c) Latin American Trends yor7,:,,, NOTES et et 1�J9 CI SNLA 76-050 No. 0730-76 September 22, 1976 Approved for Release: 2018/10/01 C06627603 Approved for Release: 2018/10/01 C06627603 LATIN AMERICAN TRENDS This publication is prepared for regional specialists in the Washington com- munity by the Western Hemisphere Division, Office of Current Intelligence. with occasional contributions from other offices within the Directorate of Intelligence. Comments and queries are welcome. They should be directed to the authors of the individual articles. CONTENTS September 22, 1976 Argentina-Cuba: Castro support for Local Subversion"' . . 14 - Approved for Release: 2018/10/01 C06627603 3.3(b)(1) Approved for Release: 2018/10/01 C06627603 SEelt-Er Argentina-Cuba: Castro Support for Two leftist subversives in the authorities have detailed what they support for terrorism in Argentina. Local Subversion? hands of Argentine claim is Cuban Argentine security forces last month captured Patricio Biedma and Mario Espinosa, Chileans who for some time had been working for the terrorist cause in Argentina. Biedma says he was both the leader of Chile's Leftist Revolutionary Movement (MIR) in Argentina and that group's delegate to the Revolution- ary Coordinating Junta (JCR), a loose coalition of regional terrorist organizations. Espinosa claims also to have been a MIR member and most recently a combatant for the Argentine Peoples Revolutionary Army (ERP). Biedma states that he met frequently with an of- ficer of the Cuban embassy in Buenos Aires who "on a regular basis" provided funds for the JCR as well as for the ERP and Montoneros. e ma a so c aims that Havana has channeled funds to the ERP and Montoneros through a courier sent by a circuitous route to Buenos Aires. Espinosa echoes the assertion that Cuba's embassy provides funds to Argentine leftists and says that he himself was trained in Cuba and then introduced to the ERP by a Cuban contact in Argentina. Argentine authorities began-inveStigating links between the terrorists and the Cuban embassy almost immediately following the March coup. By mid-summer the Argentines were said to be nearly certain that the embassy was providing a safe haven for top ERP members and others associated with that group. Approved for Release: 2018/10/01 C06627603 3.5(c) AI � Approved for Release: 2018/10/01 C06627603 3.3(b)(1) /the junta would not hesitate to take "harsh action" against the Cubans if Havana's involve- ment were firmly established. Indeed, security of- ficials may have been responsible for the abduction and apparently killing of two Cuban embassy officers last month. 3.5(c) September 22, 1976 Approved for Release: 2018/10/01 C06627603