He further said that this revelation points to one shocking discovery.
“The most shocking thing is that military intelligence in Uruguay has a high level of independence. Many of the targets mentioned in the documents were members of the democratic political parties who were acting completely legally.”
He said that this shows that their phone calls were monitored and surveillance on high-ranking officials from the Jorge Batlle party was carried out from 2000 to 2005.
“Surveillance was conducted on the current president, Tabaré Vázquez, when he was mayor of the capital, Montevideo, from 1990 to 1994,” Blixen added.
The journalist further noted that after the restoration of democracy the country’s former political system and military intelligence strategy remained the same up until 2009.
“Since 1985, none of the governments that were in power had sufficient political will to restructure the armed forces and clear them of elements that were in them from the time of the dictatorship,” the journalist explained.
“Given the fact that all this illegal activity has taken place under the governments led by the left, one would assume that the right-wing parties would wish to investigate. But I do not think they are interested in it. I do not think the government is willing to stick their noses into it. The government wants to know the truth but does not want to create difficulties for the military,” Blixen said.
Comparing the situation in Uruguay with other countries in the region, the journalist said that in Paraguay, Archivo del Terror was found which goes back to the time of the dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner in 1992.
“These documents contain information about the links between the police and the military. In Argentina, the search continues for documents, and the actions of the government and public organizations raise citizens' awareness about the crimes of the dictatorship in the country.”
“Hence, there is an ongoing litigation. In Uruguay, however, the whole process slows down,” the journalist concluded.