The Santa Fe Reporter from Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 3, 1996 · Page 60
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The Santa Fe Reporter from Santa Fe, New Mexico · Page 60

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Wednesday, July 3, 1996
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State Department documents reveal that Stroock doubted her allegations, that he never intended to undertake a serious investigation, and that he made slanderous remarks about her case. In one document he states: "Her refusal to speak to U.S representatives, here or in the U.S., and her maximum publicity via press releases and phone conversations with congressional staff and religious groups, leads us to question the motives and timing behind the story." Stroock also wrote to the U.S. State Department requesting that it not meet with Ortiz." If the department meets her, pressure from all sorts of people and groups will build on the department to act on the information she provides ... I'm afraid we are going to get cooked on this one." Ortiz says that "a comment made to a congressional aide by embassy official Lew Anselm at a cocktail party in December 1990, suggesting that I was 'a lesbian involved in a lover's quarrel' suggests that there was indeed something about my abduction and torture the embassy wanted to hide." Jensen recently was interviewed by the Justice Department and the FBI. "They were trying to get me to implicate Dianna on some sort of a plot," he said. When asked if Ortiz felt the U.S. was involved in her kidnapping, she said, "Alejandro is a U.S. citizen and was present when I was tortured. I think that says it all." First Lady Hillary Clinton met with Ortiz during the nun's fast and vigil at the White House in April, and promised to have released all information related to Alejandro, even that which was classified. Ortiz says she has not yet received any information shedding light on Alejandro or her other abductors. MOIL: Ortiz as she camped out across from the White House in April to draw attention to her case. First Ijidy Hillary Rodham Clinton came out to talk with her. PHOTO BY J t H E MY BKiWOOD 1 hen we went to get her, it wasn't our Dianna." Pilar Ortiz remembers. "She was a different person; she was hurt. Her smile was not there; her eyes were like she was shocked; she was scared. She always had a smile — it wasn't her." Pat Davis of the Guatemalan rights commission says, "Oneof the effects of the tor- ture was that she doesn't remember a lot of her life before then. When she got out of • the torture center she didn't even recognize her parents. She thought, 'Who are these people coming toward me with their arms out?' She didn't remember the basic factsof her family, like how many brodiers and sisters she had. Some memories have come back to her slowly over the years." After all Ortiz has been through, Davis says, "There is no bitterness, no hard edges in her. She isan extremely gentle person. She has been through a tremendous amount. She is stiil alive. I think most people would have killed themselves by now." • Johanna Browne, a Santa Fe writer, cov- j ers Latin American affairs for [he Reporter. \ KYUDO ZEN ARCHERY Kyudo, "the Woy of the Bow" is a long-term discipline of synchronizing body & mind to ultimately connect with one's warrior heart. July 12, 7pm free Demonstration July 13 & 14 Weekend Intensive; $96 1306 Clark Rood, off CwriWoi iwar Sitor •20-0513 JOIN THE DREAM TEAM! Help Plan and Produce AIDS WALK SANTA FE™ Volunteers meet every Wednesday at 7 pm in the Hilton ol Santa Fe FOP more information: Call989-WALK Have a Heart • Walk the Walk! LIFE'S GOOD... when friends meet for a game of billiards... gather to dance in the living room... eat in our beautiful dining room... play bridge by the fireplace... or relax by the pond in our flower-filled courtyard. Retire in comfort and security at Ponce de Leon and enjoy an independent life style. For information or a personal tour, please call and ask for one of our marketing specialists. photo: Virginia Leg Herz PONCE de LEON Santa He's premier rental retirement community 640 Alta Vista 984-8422 the same caring ownership since SANTA rK<M*»»**ll . 1936-

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