The Tower: Nisman Tapes Show Backchannel Contacts Between Argentina and Iran

16 July 2015

n Alberto Nisman’s Secret Recordings, Revealed, which was published in the July 2015 issue of The Tower Magazine, Eamonn MacDonagh writes that the wiretaps made by Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who died under mysterious circumstances earlier this year, may provide evidence of collusion between the governments of Argentina and Iran in an effort to pardon the Iranian suspects in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

Such evidence may be present in the trove of some 41,606 recordings of wire-tapped telephone conversations that Nisman obtained through a court order. What those recordings strongly suggest is that Jorge Alejandro “Yusuf” Khalil, an Argentine citizen now seen as Tehran’s main back-channel interlocutor with the Argentine government, was actively involved in negotiating the fateful Memorandum of Understanding with Iran. This, in Nisman’s view, was designed to have the international arrest warrants against the five Iranian suspects in the AMIA atrocity dropped, thus putting an end to Argentina’s demand to extradite them for trial.

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