World US to declassify military records on Argentina’s “dirty war”

US to declassify military records on Argentina’s “dirty war”

White House national security adviser Susan Rice.
White House national security adviser Susan Rice.

President Barack Obama is moving to declassify the first military and intelligence documents related to Argentina’s “Dirty War.”

Obama is traveling to Buenos Aires next week during the 40th anniversary of the 1976 military coup in Argentina. Little is known about the U.S. role leading up to the coup, which started Argentina’s 1976-83 dictatorship and a dark chapter in that country’s history.

The U.S. has previously released 4,000 State Department documents related to that period, but those documents tell only part of the story.

White House national security adviser Susan Rice says Obama will announce during his trip a “comprehensive effort” to declassify more documents, including from the U.S. military and intelligence community. She says the U.S. wants to help Argentina heal.

Rice says Argentina requested the declassification.