Yesterday was a breaking point. After the news that at some point prosecutor Alberto Nisman considered calling for President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to be impeached and detained, the international press is once again interested in asking a lot of questions about what exactly was going to happen in Argentina. Since Nisman is dead, chances are we won’t be able to find out what he was thinking. But now will not stop every Twitter user in the country (and abroad) to dust off their detective diploma and begin their own independent investigation. The media circus is coming. Get ready.
OMINOUS MESSAGE ON NOTICIAS MAGAZINE: DEATH THREAT OR COINCIDENCE?
Here’s a photo you will see everywhere today.
That is a photograph of a copy of a recent issue of “Noticias” magazine, which was published two days before prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead, when the local media was still echoing his accusation against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Now, before I continue, let me just clarify that this could be an absolute coincidence and it may have absolutely no significance whatsoever. I was wondering whether I should mention it or not because since nothing is confirmed I didn’t want to help spread a rumor about something that could turn up to be a non-story.
In the end, I decided to include it because it’s present on most major media outlets and you were going to see it anyway. At least I’ll try to explain what it is.
Two days after Nisman went public with his explosive accusation against Cristina on January 14, this cover of Noticias magazine hit the news stands.
Today we learned that Nisman’s ex wife, Sandra Arroyo Salgado (a judge), mentioned a disturbing find in a copy she got delivered.
Arroyo Salgado said that when she opened the magazine she noticed a mark on one of the photographs, which resembled a bullseye (to me it looks like a black dot). She says she didn’t pay attention to it, but after Nisman was found dead she thought it was a strange coincidence and is now wondering whether it was supposed to be an ominous threat.
She says she doesn’t know if it’s a coincidence or not, but the copy is now being studied by experts and the owner of the news stand where she gets her newspapers and magazines from has been summoned to testify in court next week.
To me it sounds like a weird coincidence. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
LAGOMARSINO WANTS CRISTINA TO TESTIFY IN COURT
Last week, Diego Lagomarsino (so far the only person indicted in the case investigating Nisman’s death) offered a press conference to tell his side of the story. Remember that Lagomarsino, who was close friends with the prosecutor, is not a suspect (for now) and the reason why he’s being indicted is because he lent his personal gun to Nisman. The same gun found next to his body one day later.
And during that press conference, Lagomarsino’s attorney warned that he would call for President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Presidential Secretary Aníbal Fernández to be questioned, since they both made public statements in which they seemed to suggest his client has hiding something and even suggested that he was a spy.
So today, the attorney stayed true to his promise and officially requested that the President is questioned so she can explain what it is exactly that she thinks she knows. He also wants the head of the Secretariat of Intelligence, Oscar Parrilli, to say if his client ever worked for the spy agency.
Now it’s up to judge Fabiana Palmaghini and prosecutor Viviana Fein to evaluate the request and decide whether the Head of State should be questioned or not.
THE CASE INVESTIGATING THE ACCUSATION AGAINST CRISTINA FINALLY HAS A JUDGE
After many comings and goings, the Federal Chamber finally decided that judge Daniel Rafecas will be presiding over the case investigating Nisman’s accusation against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Considering how controversial the case is, no judge wanted to deal with it. First it went to Ariel Lijo (Nisman himself had selected him) but after the prosecutor’s death, Lijo said he wasn’t up to the challenge and rejected the case. Then it fell on Rafecas’ lap, but since he was away, his replacement, Sebastián Ramos, also rejected it.
The fact is no one wanted to deal with this political hot potato and it was up in the air for a while, so the head of the Federal Chamber decided to intervene and ruled that, like it or not, Rafecas is the man selected to do the job. Period.
PROSECUTOR VIVIANA FEIN DECIDED TO CANCEL HER HOLIDAYS
After facing criticism coming from all sides of the political battlefield, prosecutor Viviana Fein (who is investigating Nisman’s death) decided to suspend her vacations less than a day after announcing that she was going away for two weeks.
This morning, Presidential Secretary Aníbal Fernández said that “it would be wrong for her to put on her bathing suit in the middle of an ongoing investigation”.
JORGE CAPITANICH STILL THINKS CLARIN IS GARBAGE
Two days after he tore up an article published on Clarín (claiming that it was false, even though we later learned it wasn’t) on live television, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich insisted today that “information that comes from a garbage bin is part of garbage information. It’s not grounded in reality”.
He was referring to the fact that the document Nisman drafted in which he considered calling for Cristina’s arrest was found in a trash can in his apartment by the police.
Again, he said he “respects freedom of expression and freedom of the press” but insisted that “corporate interests lie behind them”.
MIA FARROW SEEMS TO BELIEVE CRISTINA KILLED NISMAN
Yesterday the news that Nisman’s at some point considered detaining Cristina made it to the front page of The New York Times website. The headline seems to have caught the attention Mia Farrow. And while the article obviously doesn’t accuse Cristina of murdering the prosecutor, it looks like she has already cracked the case.
Looks like Argentina’s Prez not only covered up 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, but also killed the prosecutor http://t.co/bYNj23ep7C
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 4, 2015
Remember what we say about why you should avoid jumping to conclusions? That’s why.