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Fri Feb 27, 2015, 06:24 PM

3. It DOES sound legit, when you learn the details:

For starters that the crux of Nisman's case -the assertion that Interpol had been petitioned to lift Red Notices against Iranian officials- was described by Interpol's own Secretary General, Ronald Noble, as a flat-out lie. Nisman, moreover, had already submitted his complaint and all wiretap transcripts to the courts at the time of his death, which would make his murder both stupid and pointless - and on an election year no less (!). All the more so because everyone has known this was coming for two years now.

The Interpol fable was the meat in the sandwich, the sine qua non of Nisman's claims. And since he was no doubt aware it was a bald faced lie, the inescapable conclusion is that he had lent himself to a political hatchet job, willingly or not. This, of course, is the same complaint that not only was rejected in toto by a judge twice (btw, he's no pushover; Vice President Amado Boudou could you all about that), a second prosecutor who resubmitted it refuses to appear before Congress to explain his decision (Gerardo Pollicita, a vocal member of the right-wing opposition party PRO - so named in honor of the 1976-83 'Proceso' dictatorship, which still has many apologists in Argentina). The entire document is available to anyone and thus easily dismissed as a Ken Starr-style frame up, and Pollicita can't very well put himself through a spectacle like that. This is why the Argentine right won't even mention the complaint anymore, and Nisman's murder became the perfect distraction from that as far as they're concerned (hmm...).

I might add that Argentina probably has the most highly politicized media in the world. A veritable army of talking heads strikes gold for themselves on an almost daily basis by spinning the rumor mill thanks to Argentina's very liberal libel laws. This is especially true of anything concerning the presidency, since Cristina Kirchner exempted it from the country's already meek libel laws 5 years ago. Cable news can avoid lawsuits altogether using the "for entertainment purposes" loophole (like Fox does), or simply have their anchor make a non-apology later ("I get ahead of myself", "I get so passionate", etc.).

And guess what? They're all very much still up and at'em. Trust me, if Cristina Kirchner were of the disposition to kill, there's a never-ending list of media hacks, magistrates-for-hire, and politicians that would have been on the hit list years ago. They're all hale, hearty, and in most cases quite wealthy.

Journalists and public figures in other parts of the world - especially in the rest of Latin America - aren't so lucky.

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