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Today everyone’s attention will be focused on the former director of the Secretariat of Intelligence (SI), Antonio “Jaime” Stiuso, who failed to appear in court today, where he was expected to testify. Also, Mia Farrow becomes a part of the conversation.
ALL EYES NOW FOCUSING ON STIUSO, FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE SI
Antonio “Jaime” Stiuso had allegedly been summoned to testify before prosecutor Viviana Fein in the case investigating the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Stiuso, a former spy, was the leader of the SI until last December, when President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner relieved him from his post and replaced him with one of her close allies, Oscar Parrilli.
The National Government has been attacking Stiuso ever since Nisman died, with many saying he was the one who fed the prosecutor false or wrong information to help him build a case against Cristina.
However, while the media camped outside the prosecutor’s office and hoped to catch a glimpse of the elusive Stiuso, he never showed up.
His attorney, Santiago Blanco Bermúdez, appeared this morning, ready to testify before Fein. After a few hours, the prosecutor released a statement in which she disclosed details about their conversation. She says Stiusso told his attorney that he “did not oppose testifying in court”, however, he had to wait for the SI to effectively send an official document to Fein’s office saying that he could now disclose information about his life as a spy. He also said the reason why his client failed to appear in court was because they sent a subpoena to the wrong person (they sent it to Antonio Stiusso, not Stiuso).
Fein expects him to “say everything he knows, did and saw” while he was a spy.
THE SECRETARIAT OF INTELLIGENCE SAYS STIUSO IS RELIEVED FROM MANDATE TO KEEP QUIET
By law, a former spy in Argentina is not allowed to talk about their past. Which is understandable, since their job was confidential.
So, since it’s a state matter, Stiuso says he couldn’t have testified before prosecutor Viviana Fein even if he wanted to. He was mandated to keep quiet.
This afternoon, the new head of the Secretariat of Intelligence, Oscar Parrilli, said that by direct orders of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Stiuso was no longer obligated to stay silent and that they expect him to talk about “everything since he started working there in 1972 until now”.
“The President wants him to talk,” he said.
THE TELAM NEWS AGENCY TOTALLY OUTED STIUSO’S FACE
Télam, the national news agency, decided that it would be a good idea to publish a photo of Stiuso’s face, because why not? (Black bar added by La Nueva)
In case you’re wondering, since Stiuso is (was) a freaking spy, his identity is protected by the law. Well, was supposed to be.
— La Nueva. (@lanuevaweb) February 5, 2015
Turns out it was a big deal for some reason. At least here. And the backlash was such that it seems she decided to delete it.
However, the National Government feels that the President needs to clarify a few things and during his press conference this morning, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said that they would be sending her a letter with information about the case, since the media is not telling the truth.
ANIBAL FERNANDEZ REPLIED TO MIA FARROW. ON TWITTER. Seems like Presidential Secretary Aníbal Fernández didn’t feel like waiting until Cristina returned from China to write a letter to Farrow, so he decided to reply to her controversial (and now deleted) tweet himself. In English.
At least you have to give him credit for trying to explain his point of view and how he felt she was wrong instead of calling her names. Good for him.