Clarin: Two years of wiretapping the government

By Nicolás Wiñazki, 14 January 2015

The full complaint about the AMIA case prepared by Alberto Nisman was not officially released yesterday. The document contains parts that were classified as “secret”.

The documentation is searing. The prosecutor’s investigation lasted two years and included trails on spies from the Intelligence Secretariat (SI) who are compromised in the plot; and recordings of telephone communications among the main suspects in having set up a “criminal plan” to exonerate Iran from the attack in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994.

Clarín confirmed this information from judicial sources.

The names of the agents of the SI accused by Nisman are under judicial seal, as per legal requirements.

The same is being done with their recorded conversations; and the tracking of their movements linked to the AMIA case, conducted by their colleagues who had to investigate them by court order.

The summary of the complaint released yesterday by Nisman through the media includes, for example, several paragraphs of the transcripts of telephone calls of former picketer Luis D’Elia, whom the prosecutor identified as a privileged intermediary between the K-Government and the Iranian regime.

Justice sources told this newspaper that the prosecutor wrote what he wrote because he had the supporting documentation for it: the audio tracks from D’Elia’s conversations are just some of the evidence Nisman collected. This material has not yet been released.

The same is true with the wiretaps of other telephone conversations by those involved in this story, like the leader of Quebracho, Fernando Esteche. And especially a person who has a central role in the case: Jorge “Yussuf” Khalil, identified by the judiciary as an “organic” agent of the Republic of Iran, who served in the country with more political influence than the commercial attache here.

The movements and telephone conversations from “Yussuf” –while it is likely that this is not his real name- were recorded by Argentine spies who worked on the AMIA case.

The actions of the SI in this investigation are similar to several chess matches being played simultaneously. According to the court hypothesis, there are spies who worked to cover up the attack on the AMIA; others who acted to finalize the agreement between the K-state and Iran; and another group of agents who trailed and wiretapped their colleagues and the Iranian suspects.

The government, therefore, was investigated by the government itself.

Yesterday, the first national official who spoke publicly on this issue was the Secretary General of the Presidency, Aníbal Fernández: he linked Nisman’s investigation to an internal SI fight.

According to intelligence sources and from the justice system, one of the agents that most worked on the assumption that the Islamic regime of Iran was responsible for the AMIA attack was the former Director General of Operations of the SI, known as Jaime Stiuso: he was dismissed from his post by decision of President Cristina Kirchner.

Former officials of the agency said that the government lost control of its spies when they made public the first negotiations between Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman and the Iranian regime led by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier. The first who reported on the issue was Jose “Pepe” Eliaschev in the newspaper, Perfil. At the time, Timerman reacted to this investigation by accusing the reporter of being a “pseudo-journalist”.

Nisman not only struck at the President with his complaint, whom he asked to give a statement. It also reached her son, Máximo. One of those being investigated by the prosecutor is one of the K-heir’s best friends, Deputy Andrew “El Cuervo” Larroque.

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