Menéndez Pide a la Admin. Trump Que Proporcione Informe Desclasificado Sobre Ataques Contra Diplomáticos Estadounidenses en Cuba

Menéndez Pide a la Admin. Trump Que Proporcione Informe Desclasificado Sobre Ataques Contra Diplomáticos Estadounidenses en Cuba

 
WASHINGTON – El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado,
envió una carta al Secretario de Estado Mike Pompeo solicitando que la Administración Trump proporcione una versión no clasificada del reciente informe de la Junta de Revisión de Responsabilidad del Departamento de Estado (ARB, por sus siglas en inglés) sobre los incidentes que afectaron la salud del personal estadounidense en Cuba.

“Creo que una versión no clasificada del informe de ARB es crucial para garantizar que tanto el Congreso como el Ejecutivo estén plenamente informados al momento que consideremos políticas apropiadas para cumplir con nuestra obligación con el pueblo estadounidense y el personal de servicio exterior,” escribió el Senador.

Transmitido al Congreso el 30 de agosto de 2018, el informe clasificado de Cuba ARB hace varias recomendaciones para que el Departamento de Estado implemente. Tanto las declaraciones públicas del Departamento de Estado sobre el informe, así como un informe reciente del GAO, señalaron la falta de liderazgo organizacional como impedimento de comunicación para responder apropiadamente a los ataques contra el personal estadounidense.

El Departamento de Estado ha dicho que ya implementó algunas recomendaciones del ARB y está trabajando para completar las restantes . “Mientras tanto, debemos tomar medidas inmediatas para garantizar que ningún miembro de nuestro personal diplomático sea vulnerable a incidentes o lesiones similares,” añadió Menéndez.

De conformidad con la Ley Diplomática y Antiterrorista de 1986, en enero de 2018, el entonces Secretario Tillerson convocó al ARB para examinar la respuesta de los Departamentos de Estado, incluida la adecuación de la seguridad y otros procedimientos relacionados con los incidentes que afectan a los miembros de la comunidad diplomática de la Embajada de La Habana. 

 

Una copia de la carta del Senador puede encontrarse aquí y a continuación.

September 13, 2018

 

 

The Honorable Michael Pompeo

Secretary of State

U.S. Department of State

2201 C Street NW

Washington, DC 20520

 

Dear Secretary Pompeo,

 

I write today to request that you provide the Senate Foreign Relations Committee an unclassified version of the Department’s recent Accountability Review Board (ARB) report on the incidents affecting the health of U.S. personnel serving in Cuba.  I know that you share my deep concern for the safety and security of the Department’s personnel, and for supporting the important work they do to promote US interests and values around the globe.  To that end, I believe that an unclassified version of the ARB report is crucial to ensure that both Congress and the Executive are fully informed as we consider appropriate policy responses to meet our obligations to the American people and U.S. personnel serving overseas.

 

The Department’s own public statements, as well as a recent unclassified GAO report on the attacks, point to several troubling issues in the Department’s response, including a lack of leadership that hampered effective communication. As the Department stated, the “ARB found the lack of a single designated senior-level Department official with responsibility for responding to the attacks resulted in insufficient communications with employees and impeded coordination within the Department and with other agencies.”[1]

 

According to the GAO, the Department of State failed to officially inform the office responsible for leading a review of security-related incidents, M/PRI, until August 2017 – after the attacks had been reported in the press – and months after the first attacks occurred in late 2016.[2] Moreover, the fact that the State Department under Secretary Tillerson did not convene an ARB until January 2018 may have violated the ARB statute, 22 U.S.C. § 4831.

 

I understand that the Department is already in the process of implementing a number of the ARB recommendations – although there are several recommendations that remain outstanding. In the meantime, we must take immediate steps to ensure that no additional U.S. personnel remain vulnerable to similar incidents or injuries.

 

As part of the process of assuring that the ARB recommendations are fully implemented as well as to make certain that the Department takes all the steps necessary to mitigate risk while remaining fully engaged in forward-leaning diplomacy, I ask that the State Department make available an unclassified version of the ARB report and provide it to the appropriate congressional committees no later than October 26, 2018.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

Sincerely,

 

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[1] U.S. Department of State, Cuba Accountability Review Board Fact Sheet, Aug. 30, 2018.

[2] GAO, Reported Injuries to U.S. Personnel in Cuba: State Should State Should Revise Policies to Ensure Appropriate Internal Communication of Relevant Incidents, GAO-18-615 (July 30, 2018; released publicly, Sept. 5, 2018).

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