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Don't Cry to Me Argentina
Argentine Spy Chief Flees Country in Fear of Life

Argentina’s top spy, who was also a major figure in the events surrounding the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman earlier this year, has fled the country. The Guardian reports:

The former operations chief of Argentina’s spy agency failed to show up for a court hearing on Thursday amid reports that he has fled the country because he fears for his life.

Antonio Stiuso […] was called to testify this week about allegations that he and Nisman held up an investigation into the country’s deadliest terrorist attack: the 1994 bombing of the Amia Jewish community centre. He is also accused of tax evasion and running a contraband operation.

“We believe [Stiuso] will continue to be a government target,” [Stiuso’s lawyer] Santiago Blanco Bermúdez told the Associated Press without specifying the nature of the threats or his client’s location. He said his client denied all the charges against him.

Nisman, of course, is the the prosecutor who, far from ‘holding up’ an investigation into that attack, alleged Kirchner was involved in covering it up, and then was found dead the morning before he was due to testify. This week the prosecutor who took over that case formally dismissed it, amidst jeers from his colleagues that he was a “grave digger.” Kirchner, meanwhile, fingered her own intelligence service as part of a sinister conspiracy against her, setting off a train of events that led to Stiuso’s flight.

Meanwhile, CFK yet again took to the internet this week to explain her, ah, unique point of view on recent events:

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has gone on the offensive against her critics by claiming she is the target of a conspiracy between US “vulture funds,” Jewish community groups and the prosecutor Alberto Nisman,who died in suspicious circumstances earlier this year.[…]

“We are facing a global modus operandi, which not only severely injures national sovereignty, but also generates international political operations of any type, shape and colour,” she writes in a post entitled “Everything has to do with everything.

Comment is almost—but not quite—superfluous in this case. The President is not for the first time posting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories online, while scandal swirls around her, including allegations that Nisman’s murder was committed at the very least on her behalf. Argentina, as we’ve said before, has all the gifts a nation would want for prosperity, and yet due to its government, not only Mr. Nisman and Mr. Stiuso but all its people suffer more than they should.

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  • Gene

    I think step one in “fixing” Argentina is to stop putting its population on the “victim” side of the ledger as you have done here.

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