UPDATE: Since we published the below story, Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor in question, was found dead due to a gunshot wound that authorities are calling a suicide—but most observers are understandably skeptical. Mr. Nisman was scheduled to testify before Congress the morning after he died, and claimed to have hours of voice recordings to back up his accusations. He had asked a judge to freeze $23m in assets belonging to the alleged conspirators, including President Kirchner. Speculation is already rife as to whether the suicide was a government or Iranian-backed assassination. When or if firm evidence appears, we’ll run a further story; the speculation is also, in and of itself, reaching the point where it is large enough to be a story.
***If Jews worldwide didn’t have good enough reason to suspect that attacks against them get glossed over, stories like these more than make up for it: in what’s looking like a weird Latin version of Iran Contra (with anti-Semitic characteristics), allegations are emerging that Argentina’s president helped cover up a 1994 terrorist attack on a Jewish community center. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Alberto Nisman, a federal prosecutor who has spent a decade investigating the attack, shocked Argentina by filing the complaint, which accuses Mrs. Kirchner, her foreign minister and others of secretly negotiating a deal with Tehran to offer immunity for Iranian suspects in exchange for Iranian oil. A judge must now decide whether to investigate the charges.
On the one hand, these are only the allegations of a prosecutor, and have not yet been proven. On the other, he claims to have wiretap evidence to back up his allegations.And Fernandez de Kirchner’s supporters do her no favors with statements like this one by her Cabinet Chief:
Mr. Capitanich said Mr. Nisman’s accusations were part of a broader international conspiracy against Argentina involving multimedia groups, judges, prosecutors and both local and foreign intelligence services.
A massive international conspiracy? You don’t say.