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PDF 82 Mar 4 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)9th Meeting) (1100Z) (Nicoll Reports) ["the Committee was alert to the lessons to be learnt from Nicoll"] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Mar 11 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)10th Meeting) (1100Z) (Nicoll Reports) [arrangement for release to Allies] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Mar 18 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)11th Meeting) (1100Z) (Nicoll Reports) [Frank Cooper found them 'fascinating'; requests summary with lower classification; not immediately agreed] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Mar 25 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)12th Meeting) (1100Z) ("Nicoll Report: Release to the Intelligence Allies") [already sent to MT; report summary would be sufficient for Frank Cooper needs] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Mar 30 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: SIS UKE Buenos Aires signal to GCHQ (1640Z) (decrypted Argentine signal) [British Naval Attaché comments: "This looks serious and suggests a recce of an invasion beach on the West of East Falkland"] [declassified May 2023]
PDF 82 Mar 31 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: GCHQ signal to SIS UKE Buenos Aires (1732Z) (Naval Attaché's questions about Bahia Paraiso) [nothing further found] [declassified May 2023]
PDF 82 Apr 1 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)13th Meeting) (1000Z) (Falkland Islands; Nicoll Reports) [MT thought Nicoll Report and summary 'excellent'] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)14th Meeting) (Falklands) [minutes given "special distribution", currently unavailable] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 3 Sa Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: JICREP UKE Washington telegram to JIC (1830Z) ("JICTEL No.71 of 3 April: Falkland Islands") [State Department intelligence staff say Argentine government has told US "to limit their role strictly to tacit diplomatic support for UK"] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 3 Sa Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Z Division minute for GCHQ Director ("Priority of Requirement for Intelligence on Argentina and the Falklands") ["We cannot be faulted - rather the reverse - in respect of the intelligence response we have provided to this low priority requirement from the JIC"] [declassified May 2023]
PDF 82 Apr 4 Su Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: JICREP UKE Washington telegram to JIC (0135Z) ("JICTEL No.73: Falkland Islands") [State Department reporting from Buenos Aires - marines from HMS Endurance now interned on South Georgia, bomb near British Embassy in BA defused] [declassified Jun 2017]
PDF 82 Apr 4 Su Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Coles minute for Whitmore (note for the record) [MT requests analysis of recent intelligence and JIC assessments of the Falklands Islands situation] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 4 Su Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: GCHQ London signal to GCHQ Cheltenham (2032Z) ("Special JIC Sunday 4 April") ["little to show for this two-hour meeting in way of output"; Tovey strongly supporting JIC chair in demanding that Rowlands be summoned before Secretary of the Cabinet for revealing past SIGINT success against Argentina] [declassified May 2023]
PDF 82 Apr 5 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Cooper minute for Chief of Defence Staff (dissident groups within Argentina) [MT asked Cooper whether "our friends" could cause problems through them] [declassified Feb 2018]
PDF 82 Apr 5 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)15th Meeting) (Falklands) [minutes given "special distribution", currently unavailable] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 6 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Cabinet Secretary minute for Coles (false reports that British intelligence had warning of invasion much earlier than we did) [MT "will want to be extremely careful about what she says [in public] on this"] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 6 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)16th Meeting) (1330Z) (Falklands - immediate assessments; Argentine armed forces; events leading up to invasion; review of intelligence; assessments staff future work) [daily updates as required, ideally in a way that could be shared with intelligence allies] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 6 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: GCHQ London signal to GCHQ Cheltenham (1700Z) ("Highlights of special JIC on Tuesday 6 April 1982" - JIC(82)16th Meeting) [decision to invade could not have been taken before 28/29 Mar; JIC agreed PM's request that Nicoll examine JIC performance in run-up to war, but Tovey warned against "repeated investigations" into intelligence arrangements as "insulting and ... highly damaging to morale"] [declassified May 2023]
PDF 82 Apr 7 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Government Chief Whip's PS letter to Cabinet Office (Ted Rowlands remark that Britain had been reading Argentine codes) [discussion among MOD ministers; Jopling approach to Cocks; "Mr Rowlands has undertaken to make no further public pronouncements on this matter"] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 13 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Cooper PS conversation record (1315Z) (Nott, Cooper & others) [DGI to proceed speedily to US to improve flow of intelligence; circulation of intelligence in Whitehall] [declassified Spt 2017]
PDF 82 Apr 13 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)17th Meeting) (1530Z) (Falklands - immediate assessments; intelligence product; forthcoming visit by DGI to US; disclosure of UK intelligence capability; review of intelligence - Falkland Islands; Poland - future assessments) [meet demand for assessments earlier in the day by securing wider circulation for MOD and FCO product rather than earlier circulation of JIC assessments] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 15 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)18th Meeting) (1330Z) (Falklands - current and immediate assessments; possible invocation by Argentina of Rio Treaty; item bearing a national caveat; disclosure of UK intelligence capability; media comments on UK/US intelligence cooperation; release of product to intelligence allies) [publicity to US/UK cooperation "most unwelcome" but intelligence cooperation not affected; ministerial concern at UK assessments being passed to intelligence allies, risk that policy and operational planning not be revealed] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 17 Sa Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Warren-Gash minute to FCO Defence Department ("Argentine request for satellite coverage of Falkland Islands ('LANDSAT')") [MOD finally deciding Argentinians would derive little benefit from images of the Falklands, but images of the Task Force would be "highly damaging"] [declassified Jun 2017]
PDF 82 Apr 17 Sa Declassified documents Major Archive (Reagan Library) Falklands/JIC: JIC Immediate Assessment (JIC(IA)29) (1715Z) (Falkland Islands) [Latin America Current Intelligence Group meeting 17 Apr] [declassified Jul 2002]
PDF 82 Apr 22 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)19th Meeting) (?1330Z) (minutes given special distribution - none available) [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 27 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)20th Meeting) (?1330Z) (minutes given special distribution - none available) [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 29 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)21st Meeting) (1000Z) (Falklands - current assessments; Soviet long-term interest in Argentina and the Falkland Islands; immediate assessments; disclosure of US intelligence capability) [paper on Soviet intentions in the South Atlantic to be redrafted to take account of ministerial concerns "however ill-founded"] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 May 5 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)22nd Meeting) (?1330Z) (minutes given special distribution - none available) [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 May 6 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)23rd Meeting) (1330Z) (Falklands - current assessments; Soviet long-term interest in Argentina and the Falkland Islands; implications for Soviet policy of declining growth; national caveat items on Argentina/Chile; intelligence liaison) [agrees further redraft of Soviet South Atlantic interests paper to take more account of naval aspects] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 May 10 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)24th Meeting) (1430Z) (Falklands - current assessments; threat to British interests of terrorist attacks by Argentine Government or terrorist organisations; strategic options open to Argentina in the Falkland Islands; Nicoll Report) [Argentine options paper to be available in final form for OD(SA) on 13 May] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 May 13 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)25th Meeting) (1000Z) (Falklands - current intelligence; daily assessments; intelligence liaison; future JIC work) [Soviet long-term interests in South Atlantic paper agreed; daily assessment papers working well, with copies available to US and UK officials at start of US working day; future work including Gibraltar and Central America including Belize] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 May 14 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Armstrong minute to MT ("Argentina and the Falkland Islands") [role of intelligence in the lead-up to Argentine invasion of the Falklands] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 17 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)26th Meeting) (1330Z) (Falklands - current assessments; timing of CIGs) ["considerable advantage" in producing daily assessments "at a time more directly related to OD(SA) meetings at 0930" - agreed to discuss moving time of daily CIGs] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 May 20 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)27th Meeting) (1000Z) (Falklands - current assessments; immediate assessments; timing of CIGs) [decision to retain existing CIG timings "so that the CIG could take full advantage of the bulk of intelligence that became available between six and ten o'clock in the morning and so that Departmental representatives, particularly from the MOD, could bring the benefits of prior briefings within their own organisations"] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 May 24 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)28th Meeting) (1530Z) (Falklands - current assessments; NATO; Falkland Islands Inquiry; disclosure of secret intelligence in the press) [Argentine public reaction to British landings] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 May 27 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)29th Meeting) (1000Z) (Falklands; implications of Iran/Iraq War; assessments forecast) [assessments staff to prepare paper on situation following early repossession of the islands, on the premise of ceasefire or capitulation] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Jun 1 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)30th Meeting) (1430Z) (Falkland Islands; UK intelligence priorities 1982-84; disclosure of UK intelligence capability; disclosure of secret intelligence in the press; assessments forecast) [need for more information on events in Argentina itself and clarity on Exocets held by Argentina] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Jun 3 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)31st Meeting) (1330Z) (current assessments; immediate assessments; situation following British repossession of Falkland Islands) [redraft of repossession paper; Mrs Kirkpatrick a recipient of JIC Falklands daily assessments - consideration to be given to changing this] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Jun 7 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)32nd Meeting) (1430Z) (Falkland Islands; attack on Israeli Ambassador in London; assessments forecast; visit to FRG by Vice-Admiral Halliday) [Daily Assessments - arrangements working well; consideration to be given to possibility of continuing Argentine hostilities and terrorism; assessments staff to prepare note on Argentine capabilities and options following defeat] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Jun 10 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)33rd Meeting) (1000Z) (current assessments, immediate assessments; Falkland Islands; assessments forecast) [possible Argentine sabotage, need to examine motivation and capabilities] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Jun 14 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)34th Meeting) (1430Z) (Argentine threat to a British garrisoned Falkland Islands and dependencies; Falklands daily assessments; US and Soviet aims in Middle East crisis; assessments forecast; Falklands - intelligence liaison; dissemination of JIC material in US) [possible Argentine sabotage, need to examine motivation and capabilities; paper on Argentine political scene in light of Ambassador's views; not possible to change dissemination of JIC reports in US] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Jun 17 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/JIC: Joint Intelligence Committee minutes (JIC(82)35th Meeting) (1000Z) (current assessments, immediate assessments; Falkland Islands - future work; visit to FRG; disclosure of UK intelligence capability) [future assessments needed on internal developments within Argentina; movement of its armed forces; attempts to recoup its losses of materiel; paper to be prepared on effectiveness of CIG Daily Assessment arrangements] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 86 Dec 11 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Memoirs/Falklands: Wicks minute for MT ("Ministerial Memoirs: Mr James Callaghan") ["trying to construe history so as to give the reader the impression that the Argentinians were tipped off [about 1977 naval deployment]"] [declassified Dec 2014]
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