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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA4500 2006-10-27 08:06 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
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FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3669
INFO RUEHNH/AMCONSUL NAHA IMMEDIATE 0041
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 004500

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/27/2016
TAGS: PREL MARR KCRM CASC RP
SUBJECT: MARINE CASE UPDATE 10/27/06

REF: MANILA 4449 AND PREVIOUS

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney for reasons 1.4
(b) and (d).

¶1. (C) A verdict in the case of the four Marines accused of
raping a Filipino woman is expected November 27. While we
cannot predict what the verdict might be, the Embassy’s
Marine Case Working Group (with input from visiting III MEF
officers) is finalizing post-verdict plans that take into
account security, public affairs, transportation, financial,
and immigration concerns. Immediately following the Judge’s
verdict, any or all Marines acquitted will be transported via
a U.S. military aircraft directly to Okinawa. Any or all
Marines found guilty will be returned to Embassy custody,
pending decisions on incarceration or appeals issues. In the
event the verdict involves any civil (monetary) damages
against them, the four Marines have arranged to pre-pay each
of their attorneys $2,000, which would be used by the
attorneys themselves to pay directly to the court if needed.

¶2. (U) An independent U.S. television producer planned to
interview two of the Marines — SSgt Chad Carpentier and LCpl
Daniel Smith — on October 27 for a proposed television
documentary about the court system in the Philippines. It is
not clear when or where the interview might be aired, as the
freelance producers have not yet sold the program to any
network. Carpentier and Smith requested and received Embassy
approval of this interview, and provide a written assurance
of their lawyers’ consent. They agreed in writing to
standard guidelines only to discuss their case as
individuals, and not address larger issues such as the
Visiting Forces Agreement or U.S. Marine Corps policies.

¶3. (U) Emboffs at all levels will continue to decline to
speculate publicly or privately on the verdict or its
possible aftermath, while continuing to underscore the
presumption of innocence of the accused. Current public
affairs talking points on this case remain unchanged:

– This has been an emotional and difficult case for everyone
involved.

– It is the principle of Philippine and American law that
anyone accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven
guilty. The U.S. is committed to seeing that justice is
served, through a fair and impartial process that can provide
for a just outcome.

– The U.S. has cooperated with Philippine authorities in
accordance with the Visiting Forces Agreement since day one.
The case is being tried by a Philippine judge under
Philippine jurisdiction.

– It would be inappropriate for the United States to
speculate on the verdict that the Philippine judge may
render.

¶4. (U) The Embassy continues to provide security, citizen
services, and other support to the defendants. RSO was
consistently pleased with the extent and quality of security
support provided by the mayor’s office and police department,
and expects the same level of cooperation on the day of the
verdict. The Consular Section has responded to family member
inquiries. Embassy continues to provide access to some
fitness and sports facilities on the Chancery grounds for the
four Marines.

Visit Embassy Manila’s Classified website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eap/manila/index. cfm

KENNEY

   

 

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