Luis D’Elía, former social leader, fierce Kirchnerite advocate and former member of Cristina’s cabinet, returned to the airwaves last night after two months absent following his indictment in the AMIA case.
D’Elía’s Radio Cooperativa show was suspended following Nisman’s allegation that he was involved in the cover-up of the 1994 AMIA bombing. The “ultra-Kirchnerist”, who has longstanding ties with the also-implicated Iranian government, returned to broadcasting action on Radio Rebelde to give his version of events and describe what has been a difficult two months for him and his family.
“I’m going to do something a little unorthodox but in the past two months I have been accused of absolutely everything in Argentina: murderer, thief, corruption… and it’s more than that, people on social media have been calling for my family to be lynched”, he began.
“Over the past two and a bit months I’ve learned that this is the only microphone [indicating his microphone] to be trusted and that, using Youtube, I can for the first and only time tell my side of the story, in its entirety — without editing, without the middle-man, without room for reinterpretation, just me and you, directly”.
D’Elía went on to accuse the intelligence operation surrounding the case of having one sole objective: to dispose of Cristina by means of a soft coup. He drew parallels between the agenda against the current regime and the coups of 20th century Latin America, but noted that this was “much subtler, and more sophisticated”.
The browbeaten 58 year old spoke eloquently but lacked his usual heated fervor as he revealed he had only spoken with the president “two or three times” since the scandal broke. He did, however, reiterate his support for the regime.
“I am a staunch defender of this national, popular, democratic project, which has its roots in the very best Argentine traditions. I’m not an opportunist or a charlatan”.
The 50-minute monologue comes two days after D’Elía broke his silence for a televised interview, in which he denied talking with Iranian officials on behalf of the government but did admit a to a “kind of informal diplomacy” between the two nations.
Accusations of anti-Semitism have long been leveled against the former cabinet member, and with his final comments D’Elía came uncomfortably close to blaming the unstable state of Argentina on a Jewish conspiracy.
“[Alberto Fernández, ex-cabinet chief] wanted, as a man of the right, the United States and of Israel, a man tied to corporations and privatization, he wanted Argentina to break away from integration with the rest of South America so we would go back to some kind of historic international alliance with the States, Britain and Israel. That’s why he started meddling in the AMIA case”.