Washington DC. 13 April 2019. Today, at the request of the President of the United States, the Department of the Defense released records to clarify the facts surrounding human rights abuses, acts of terrorism and political violence in Argentina from 1975-1985.

This effort was in response to a personal request from Argentine President Mauricio Macri to confront the past with ‘honesty and transparency’. Multiple DOD Component staffs searched thousands of documents and millions of pages for relevant records resulting in over 850 responsive records totaling close to 11,000 pages. Overall DOD declassified 3,360 pages in full and partially declassified 7,142 pages. More than 240 defense personnel spent over 13,000 hours working diligently to complete the task. 

This effort exemplifies the United States commitment to a brighter future for the next generation of Argentines and Americans — a future enhanced by transparent and respectful teamwork between our two democracies.