Ever since he came back to the country, former Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) head Antonio “Jaime” Stiuso has been making a lot of noise regarding the Nisman Case; most notably, accusing a group with close ties to the former Kirchner administration of murdering the late prosecutor. Seriously, read all about it here.
And then he creeped us all out last night by putting his master spy skills to use and calling up popular television show Intratables right as a panel was discussing his involvement in the ongoing case, borderline threatening one of the participants who suggested Stiuso be investigated.
Here’s what happened: in the middle of a debate about Nisman’s death (remember that the prosecutor was found dead on January 18th, 2015 from a single gunshot to the head just hours before he was meant to provide evidence against then President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner), show participant Luis Moreno Ocampo, a former federal prosecutor who famously acted as the adjunct prosecutor in the trials against the leaders of the last military dictatorship, said the following:
“[Nisman’s and Stiuso’s] relationship is very suspicious and so is what Stiuso was doing in the AMIA Case,” said Ocampo, who added that sending the investigation to the Federal Justice, as Judge Fabiana Palmaghini suggested on Tuesday, may increase Stiuso’s chances of being left off the hook because of his friendly ties with the judges in that jurisdiction.
The AMIA Case refers to the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association, the deadliest terrorist attack in Argentine history in which 85 people died and hundreds were injured, which Nisman was investigating. Stiuso, like Nisman did, believes the bombing was carried out by Iran and Hezbollah and that the former Kirchner administration was not only aware of this but swept evidence under the rug in order to repair trade relations with Iran to import Iranian oil.
A few moments after Ocampo had made his comments, host Santiago Del Moro interrupted the show abruptly to announce Stiuso was on the line to weigh in on Ocampo’s statements.
“I wanted to see if you could ask [Ocampo] if he knows me,” Stiuso said, who refused to call the show and had to talk to the former prosecutor through a producer’s cell phone, to which Del Moro held a mic.
Ocampo denied having ever met him: “I don’t remember meeting you and besides, what does it matter if I did, I think the work you’ve done as a public officer is deplorable.” Stiuso then said Ocampo had come to him for help in the past when he had been threatened during the military leaders’ trials. After a tense exchange, Del Moro stopped the conversation and invited Stiuso to come on to the show to speak. Ocampo left the studio.
Later, Ocampo called the call an “implicit threat.” And according to the world, it definitely sounded like it. Who’s better at threatening people than someone who was the head of an intelligence agency for over 30 years and surely has dirt on every single politician who ever walked the country?
According to La Nación, Stiuso has decided to stay in the country after having fled last year, a month after Nisman was found dead in his apartment and after Cristina had removed him from his post as AFI head. It was believed he was in the United States.