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Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Fincen Baity And

Published: Tue 16 Mar 2004 03:50 PM
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UNCLAS MADRID 000901
SIPDIS
FINCEN FOR J.SHOWEL AND M.S.HAFNER
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EFIN PREL SNAR SP SPTER
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR FINCEN BAITY AND
SHOWELL
REF: FINCEN 051543Z
1. Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance to Deputy
Director William Baity and Country Desk Officer Jennifer
Showell, Department of Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement
Network (FINCEN), to travel to Madrid March 21-24 to attend
meetings hosted by Spain's Financial Intelligence Unit,
SEPBLAC.
2. Embassy does not provide transportation. Public
transportation, including taxis to/from Barajas airport are
plentiful and reliable; money can be changed at airport
banks. Embassy understands that no other assistance is
necessary.
3. THREAT ASSESSMENT:
In general, Spain is safe. However, Madrid, Barcelona and
other large cities in Spain -- including resort/convention
areas such as Benidorm -- attract a large number of criminals
and pickpockets and frequent incidents of crime of
opportunity against the unwary do occur. Carry only
essential items including a photocopy of your passport's
photo page. Visitors can protect themselves against crime by
being street-smart, alert and aware of their surroundings.
In the event you are victimized by crime, or experience any
security-related incident, please contact the Embassy's
Regional Security Office at 91-587-2550 or after hours at
91-587-2355. Official visitors to the Embassy in Madrid or
the Consulate General in Barcelona are encouraged to receive
a security briefing from the RSO office at their earliest
convenience. Additional information regarding safety and
security in Spain is available on the U.S. Department of
State's website (http://www.state.gov) and the U.S. Embassy's
website (www.embusa.es).
Travelers are encouraged to review the most recent Worldwide
Caution issued by the Department of State. As the Department
of State continues to develop information on any potential
security threats to Americans overseas, it shares credible
threat information through its Consular Information Program
documents, available on the Internet at
http://travel/state.gov. In addition to information on the
Internet, U.S. travelers can hear recorded information by
calling the Department of State in Washington, D.C. at
202-647-5225 from their touch-tone telephone, or receive
information by automated telefax by dialing 202-647-3000 from
their fax machine.
ARGYROS
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