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The Batallón de Inteligencia 601
Batallón de Inteligencia 601
(Spanish for "601 Intelligence Battalion") was a special military intelligence service of the Argentine Army
Argentine Army
whose structure was set up in the late 1970s, active in the Dirty War
Dirty War
and Operation Condor, and disbanded in 2000.[2] Its personnel collected information on and infiltrated guerrilla groups and human rights organisations, and coordinated killings, kidnappings and other abuses. The Batallón was under the orders of Guillermo Suárez Mason and ultimately reported to junta leader Leopoldo Galtieri.[3] The unit took part in Luis García Meza Tejada's Cocaine Coup in Bolivia in 1980 and trained Contra units in Lepaterique
Lepaterique
base in Honduras
Honduras
in the 1980s. It also trained members of the Honduran Battalion 316. The Peruvian government is known to have collaborated with members of the group in the kidnapping, torture and disappearance of a group of Montoneros
Montoneros
living in exile in Lima
Lima
in June 1980.[citation needed]

Contents

1 Declassification of documents 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Declassification of documents[edit] On 1 January 2010, President Cristina Fernández
Cristina Fernández
of Argentina
Argentina
ordered that documents pertaining to Batallón 601 be declassified.[2] The documents presented before federal Judge Ariel Lijo contain data on 3,952 civilians, from university professors to concierges, and 345 army personnel who worked for Battalion 601, according to the director of the National Archive of Memory. See also[edit]

Agustín Feced Archivo Nacional de la Memoria Argentine Army Dirty War National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons Operation Charly Operation Condor Army Intelligence Service

References[edit]

^ ARGENTINE MILITARY BELIEVED U.S. GAVE GO-AHEAD FOR DIRTY WAR, US National Security Archive
National Security Archive
Electronic Briefing Book No. 73 - Part II, CIA classified documents released in 2002 ^ a b BuenosAiresNews.net: Argentina
Argentina
reveals secrets of 'dirty war' Archived 2013-05-14 at the Wayback Machine. ^ New Documents Describe Key Death Squad Under Former Army Chief Galtieri, US National Security Archive

External links[edit]

(in Spanish)(in English) Declassified US Department of State files

v t e

National Intelligence System of Argentina

Civilian

National Directorate of Criminal Intelligence National Directorate of Strategic Military Intelligence Directorate of Judicial Surveillance National Intelligence School Federal Intelligence Agency Federal Counternarcotics Service Financial Intelligence Unit

Military

Military Intelligence Collection Center Intelligence Department of the Joint General Staff of the Armed Forces Naval Intelligence Service Air Force Intelligence Service Army Intelligence Service

Disbanded

601 Intelligence Battalion National Intelligence Center State Intelligence Coordination Information Division Secretariat of State Information Secretariat of

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