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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Whodunit?

An ambulance carrying the remains of prosecutor Alberto Nisman leaves the area outside his apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, early Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Aharonian-DyN)
If you've been following the news about Argentina (and who hasn't?), you might have heard about the La muerte de Alberto Nisman, a prominent lawyer and politico who was killed by a gunshot to the head a couple of days ago, the day before he was supposed to present his case to some commitee of bigshots.
    Depending on which story you are listening to, he was on a mission to expose the corruption in Cristina Kirchner's government, or a right wing gadfly bent on stirring up shit. My daughter, who lives here and actually talks to people likes the former story. Me, a visiting gadfly who only knows a couple of words of Spanish, likes the second version, which I put together from the reports in the Buenos Aires Herald, the local English language newspaper.
    It's got all the makings of a first rate political thriller / scandal, stage managed and delivered to coincide with my visit.
    Everyone on Cristina's side is being very careful to imply that Senor Nisman's death was a suicide, while the opposition is doing their best to imply that Cristina sent a hit squad to eliminate this problem.
She explained that the with .22 caliber fire arms, as the one used in Nisman’s death, “usually do not deliver positive results” for gunpowder traces in forensic analysis.

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