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Issue #1647      July 16, 2014

Statement

Historic breakthrough

The following is an official statement to the general public and to the Chilean community of Australia from the National Campaign for Truth and Justice in Chile

The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, has rescinded the appointment of James Sinclair as ambassador of Chile in Australia.

This is a historic moment for the Chilean community in Australia and the relatives of disappeared detainees. We are delighted with the news that James Sinclair will not be appointed Ambassador of Chile in Australia. (Although no official news agency has reported this. This information has been verified by reliable sources in Chile).

James Sinclair will not assume the post in Canberra. In our opinion, he does not meet the requirements to represent the government of Chile in Australia.

Sinclair’s role in the destruction of secret archives of Chile’s secret police during the dictatorship, the CNI (Central Intelligence Agency), is detailed in the book The Secret Files of the Dictatorship (El Ceibo, 2012) by journalists Carlos Dorat and Mauiritus Weibel.

There is mention of James Sinclair as responsible for the destruction of 31 classified documents in March 1987. In April of the following year, the then Foreign Minister Ricardo Garcia, referred to the director of the CNI, enclosing a letter where the so-called “act of destruction” took place. It mentioned in detail the destruction of classified documents and was signed by James Sinclair.

The National Campaign for Truth and Justice in Chile welcomes this important and historic decision. It is a breakthrough in terms of not letting a diplomat go unpunished for his participation and responsibility for destroying secret files of the repressive Central Intelligence Agency.

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