Newly-declassified documents reveal that former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger hampered efforts to stop mass killings of dissidents by Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship.
The State Department files show that Kissinger’s close relationship to Argentina’s military dictatorship jeopardized attempts by the administration of Jimmy Carter to influence the brutal regime.
Kissinger hailed the military rulers for the country’s "campaign against terrorism," which included the imprisonment, torture, and killings of tens of thousands of leftist activists and students.
Kissinger told a private meeting of the Argentinian Council of International Relations (CARI), a conservative diplomat group, at the time that "in his opinion the government of Argentina had done an outstanding job in wiping out terrorist forces."
Even though Kissinger was no longer in office, US diplomats feared his praise for the junta's crackdown would encourage more violence.