Infobae published an article yesterday with content from yet another alleged phone call between former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and ex-Director of Operations of Argentina’s Intelligence Service (AFI), Oscar Parrilli, and, if proven to be authentic, could top the first recording which spurred a plethora of headlines and memes.
According to the report, the conversation includes even more R-rated language than the previous call and gives explicit instructions to a person named Martín — who was Parrilli’s right hand man during his time at the AFI, Martín Mena — to pressure members of the Judicial Branch to call Parrilli’s predecessor at the Agency, Antonio “Jaime” Stiuso, in for questioning in a case where he was being charged. The stand out quote?
“We have to finish with this psycho. Call Martín so he starts moving to pressure judges and prosecutors to call Stiuso in for questioning.”
The phone tapping was authorized by Judge Ariel Lijo, as part of a separate investigation looking at Parrilli for allegedly covering up information that may have led to the arrest of national fugitive, Ibar Perez Corradi, at the time he was wanted for his involvement in the infamous Triple Homicide of 2008.
Fernández and Stiuso have been at odds ever since the former President conducted a shake-up within the intelligence agency — then called SIDE — at the end of 2014 by removing Stiuso from the post he had held for 34 years. A few days after, the feud was made even more public when the late Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound to the head a day before he was set to defend his accusation against Fernández for allegedly covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing.
The former President argued that Stiuso had been feeding Nisman false information to harm her. On the other end, Stiuso was adamant that he was telling the truth and that Fernández had the prosecutor killed so he wouldn’t reveal the reality of the situation. As a result of this, Stiuso fled the country in February 2015 and requested asylum in the United States. He came back to Argentina more than a year later once Macri took office. He has, to this day, stood by his original claims.
The controversy doesn’t stop there though. There are 88 CDs’ worth of audio from the phone tapping, so things could get even worse for the former president. News outlets are claiming that Fernández is on tape referring to the Peronist leaders who broke away from her political leadership after she left office using language that is more suited for a football dugout or truckstop dining hall.
In one of the audios she allegedly calls the leader of her own party in the Senate, Miguel Angel Pichetto, a “Traidor hijo de puta,” which could loosely be translated as “motherf—ing traitor.” The call’s context hasn’t been disclosed yet, but considering the audio recording between the former President and Parrilli, her political ally, which was disclosed earlier, this wouldn’t seem too far fetched.
In the time following Fernández’ departure from office, Pichetto has been one of the few opposition leaders who promoted dialogue with the Macri administration. Except for a few cases, he usually gets his caucus to vote in favor of the bills Macri’s administration sends to the floor. And whenever media outlets consult him on the possibility of CFK running for office again, he brings up the idea of it being an “exhausted cycle.” Doesn’t sound like there is a whole lot of love there.
In another leaked audio, CFK appears to have made it clear that she doesn’t care about the political leaders who went to the Justicialist Party’s summit last year — or the event itself for that matter. “Are you attending the summit? [José Luis] Gioja was elected President,” Parrilli asked. “Ni en pedo, que se suturen el orto,” which, again, can be loosely translated to “No way, they can go stitch up their asses,” answered Fernández.
After the first set of leaks made the news, both Fernández and Parrilli claimed that they were both victims of illegal wiretapping. However, Parrilli has known about the audios existing since October of last year and, since judge Lijo ordered them as part of an investigation, they are, from a judicial standpoint, legal. What would be illegal, however, is if the audio evidence were to be made public.This seems to be a viable possibility now that multiple news outlets appear to have had access to them.
According to Infobae, Lijo believes the recordings are so important he will hand them over to his colleague Sebastián Casanello so he can investigate whether the former President’s actions constitute an “abuse of authority and violation of public official’s duties.”
If Casanello ends up pressing charges, Fernández will have yet another legal battle to worry about this year.