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Robles confirms to the head of the Secret Service and to the military dome

Defense minister as ' right hand ' to a leading CNI agent

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Robles confirms to the head of the Secret Service and to the military dome

After taking control of center of National Intelligence (CNI), Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, has decided to confirm in post to head of Secret Service, General Félix Sanz Roldán, whose mandate ends within a year. It has also ratified members of Military Dome: Army General Fernando Alejandre Martínez as chief of staff of Defense (JEMAD) and heads of three armies appointed by Government of PP in March last year.

According to a statement released first thing in morning by Ministry of Defence, Minister has decided to continue Sanz Roldán as director of CNI until end of his term. Army General Javier Varela Salas has also been confirmed in his posts as chief of Staff of Army (Chief), and Admiral General Teodoro López Calderón as chief of Staff of Navy (AJEMA).

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Likewise, Robles has ratified to general of air Javier Salto Martínez-Avial as chief of staff of Air Force (JEMA) and to Admiral Juan Francisco Martínez Núñez as secretary general of Policy of Defense (Segenpol).

The statement collects statements from Robles, which ensures that this decision corresponds to nature of defense as a "Ministry of State" and recalls that " armed forces are at service of society and perform an extraordinary mission in Defending peace and security in world. " For this reason, in defence of values contained in Constitution and within framework of Charter of United Nations, it understands that "it is necessary to give citizenship stability, security and defence from a collective and integrated perspective in order to promote peace International and global security. "

Robles doesn't hide his interest in secret Service. First it got that CNI, which in 2011 became attached to Ministry of Presidency with PP, redepended on its department. He has now chosen a leading CNI agent as chief of staff, a position of utmost confidence that involves control of agenda and filter of access to minister.

The chosen is Esperanza Casteleiro LLamazares, who between 2004 and 2008, in first legislature of Zapatero, was secretary general of CNI and, refore, its number 2, Under Secretary category. He was second woman to occupy this position, after María Dolores Vilanova.

The new right hand of Oaks has been in Secret Service for over 30 years and is considered an expert in counter-terrorism. He has been in Cuba and Portugal, among or destinations, and has worked in CITCO (Center for Intelligence against Terrorism and organized crime), which brings toger representatives of police, Guardia Civil and CNI.

This Wednesday, although not yet formally named, Casteleiro accompanied Robles on his first visit to a military installation: headquarters of Military Emergency Unit (UME), at base of Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid).


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