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Secret US memo now key evidence in baby thefts

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Human rights activists are thanking the U.S. government for declassifying a memo describing the theft of children from prisoners during Argentina's dirty war.

The 1982 memo is key evidence in the trial of two former Argentine dictators charged with crimes against humanity for the junta's policy of stealing babies from detainees.

Elliot Abrams wrote the memo when he oversaw human rights for the State Department. It says he told Argentina's ambassador that "children born to prisoners or children taken from their families during the dirty war" represented "the gravest humanitarian problem" for the junta.

Abrams told The Associated Press on Thursday that he also favors declassification, but can't say more because he might have to testify.

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By MICHAEL WARREN

Associated Press

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