[News] Suharto: A Declassified Documentary Obit

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National Security Archive Update, January 28, 2008


For more information contact:
Brad Simpson - 443/845-4462


Washington, D.C., January 28, 2008 - As Indonesia buries the 
ex-dictator Suharto, who died Sunday at the age of 86, the National 
Security Archive today posted a selection of declassified U.S. 
documents detailing his record of repression and corruption, and the 
long-standing U.S. support for his regime.

The documents include transcripts of meetings with Presidents Richard 
M. Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, as well as Secretary of 
State Henry Kissinger, Vice-President Walter Mondale, then 
Vice-President George W. Bush, and former Assistant Secretary of 
State Richard Holbrooke.

Additional documents detail U.S. perceptions of Suharto from the 
earliest years of his violent rule, including the 1969 annexation of 
West Papua, the 1975 invasion of East Timor, and the so-called 
"Mysterious Killings" of 1983-1984.

"In death Suharto has escaped justice both in Indonesia and East 
Timor," said Brad Simpson, who directs the Archive's Indonesia and 
East Timor Documentation Project. "But these declassified documents, 
detailing the long record of U.S. support for one of the twentieth 
century's most brutal and corrupt men, will contribute to our 
understanding both of Suharto's rule and of the U.S. support which 
helped make it possible."

Visit the Web site of the National Security Archive for more 
information about today's posting.


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