The dark ties of Isabelita, the spy who infiltrated the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo

meeting medium which he has shown thanks to his contraction and work methodology be extremely valuable for any type of mission that was assigned to him”. Those compliments reaped during the dictatorship Isabelita, the member of the Information Corps of the Argentine Federal Police (PFA) that was infiltrated in Mothers of Plaza de Mayo and whose story revealed Page 12. who rated it was Peter Santiago Godoyan intelligence officer who served as torturer in clandestine centers known as Club Atlético, el Banco y el Olimpo (ABO). Godoy was not the only repressor with whom the spy ended up – about whom the National Human Rights Secretariat (SDH) has a theory: that it could have been assigned to the fearsome Intelligence Battalion 601–. With that hypothesis, the office that leads Horacio Pietragalla Corti asked the federal judge Daniel Rafecas to investigate the woman.

Between 1979 and 1981, Godoy was the officer who qualified Isabelita. She was always full of praise for the woman who had joined the PFA intelligence agency in 1969. “Excellent member of the Information Corps, of relevant skills and cultural level, their contraction to work and their investigative level prioritize the quality of their production. deserves the highest rating”, Godoy wrote on another occasion.

The torturer Pedro Santiago Godoy praises Isabelita’s work methodology.

In the ABO clandestine centers, Godoy was known as “Calculín”. He had sparse hair, wore thick glasses and dragged his leg a bit after an accident in 1976. Some survivors of those concentration camps remember him inside the interrogation room and doing the whole intelligence package to maintain the machinery of death. in operation: he made organizational charts of the organizations, maps and reconstructed the stories of the militants to continue with the falls.

“Calculin” was a picture of intelligence. He had entered the Corps of Information in 1958, eleven years before Isabelita. In 1976, he was a teacher of the “Revolutionary and Anti-subversive” subject in the Instruction Division and had under his wing –according to what he stated– a cellular group dedicated to Counterintelligence tasks. ANDn 1979, Godoy was in charge –believe it or not– of the custody of the members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) who visited the country to collect information on the serious crimes that were being committed. He and his spies took care of everything: they covered the places where they stayed or where they moved and even had the focus on the people they interviewed.

Between 1979 and the end of the dictatorship, Godoy was assigned to the General Intelligence Directorate and was one of the heads of the Situation Department – ​​where Isabelita technically reviewed, although a commission appears in his file without specifying where it had been sent–, which strengthens the theory that he could have gone to the 601 Battalion–.

Godoy was not just another intelligence officer within the Information Corps. He was assigned to one of the task groups that worked under the orbit of Battalion 601, which is why the former Truth and Justice Program – which depends on the SDH – suspects that Isabelita could have followed in his footsteps and from there made or continued the infiltration in Mothers of Plaza de Mayo.

Isabelita had had a commission to the Army Intelligence Service (SIE) between May 1971 and August 1972. SDH experts who analyzed hundreds of files warned that that commission was not frequent. They only found it in another file belonging to another member of the Information Corps who, between 1977 and 1978, had been assigned to Battalion 601. Isabelita had a close relationship with the wife of that colleague from the Information Corps. His name is mentioned in several sections of Isabelita’s file as a reference.

One of the founders of Atlético

The SDH warned that Isabelita was also qualified by a commissioner that appears in a declassified document of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States on the creation of the clandestine center Club Atlético, which operated in San Juan and Paseo Colón before moving to the Bank’s location in 1978.

This is Alfredo Aramis Beau – now deceased – who, according to the CIA, was identified as one of the second-level leaders within the “new unit” – read clandestine center – together with Deputy Commissioner Sutil. “Both were in charge of the intelligence aspects and deciding on new targets,” explained the American spies.

Aramis Beau, mentioned in a CIA declassified.

He qualified Isabelita during the dictatorship of the Argentine Revolution –several years before the “Club Atlético” was put into operation–. “He has outstanding skills to perform his role. A lot of initiative and high cultural level”Aramis Beau wrote.

a key role

The SDH findings show that Isabelita was well inserted in the repressive structure during the ’70s. Until now it was known – from her file – that she had been infiltrated in Mothers of Plaza de Mayo because that is what a certification of services says.

Proof that Isabelita was infiltrated in

In 1982, a superior recommended that Isabelita be transferred to Mar del Plata for two reasons: to meet her partner -an agent from Battalion 601 who was assigned to the seaside resort- and to give her air because appeared in a complaint made internationally by a former agent. The complaint he was referring to was a long statement given by Luis Alberto Martínez – known as “Japanese” – in Switzerland in which he said that the PFA had been involved in the Santa Cruz kidnappings. “It had infiltrated among the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo a woman, Elizabeth, of the Intelligence Auxiliary Corps, attached to Federal Security,” Martínez declared in 1981.

For these facts, the federal judge ariel decided to investigate whether Isabelita was involved in the kidnappings of the three founders of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo –Azucena Villaflor, Esther Careaga and Mary Ponce de Bianco–, the French nuns Alice Domon and Leonie Duquet and the other seven militants who were taken to the Navy Mechanics School (ESMA) after the marine Alfredo Astiz infiltrate them, posing as the brother of a detainee-disappeared.

Lijo ordered a series of measures to gather information about the former member of the Information Corps – whose real name is not disclosed because it has not been declassified and because it could hinder investigations – based on a request from the SDH that was supported by the prosecutor. Edward Taiano.

The SDH has now filed another request to investigate Isabelita in another court: the of Daniel Rafecas, which is in charge of the mega-investigation into crimes within the scope of the First Army Corps. As such, it has a cause centered on the structure of the Federal Security Superintendence (SSF) – on which the Information Corps depended. Perhaps the years in the shadows of Isabelita, who trained the intelligence officers of the PFA during democracy, are finally coming to an end.

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