President Cristina Fernández announced that a bill will be sent to Congress ordering the dissolution of the Intelligence Secretariat (SI), to be replaced by the Federal Intelligence Agency
“It is necessary to turn the intelligence service more transparent, because it has not served the country´s interests,” she stated during an hour-long message. It dealt to a large extent on the political consequences of AMIA Prosecutor General Alberto Nisman’s death.
In connection to Nisman, the President said that Diego Lagomarsino, now charged with having handed Nisman, the weapon that caused his death, “is a staunch Government opponent and a brother of one of the partners of the Sánchez Valiente law firm, linked to media conglomerate Grupo Clarín."
“The question now is why this information was not disclosed” Cristina added, and revealed that Lagomarsino had requested his passport on Jan. 14, two days after Nisman’s sudden return to Argentina from his European holidays to present his claims against the President, the Ministry of Foreign Relations and other officials, in connection to the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013 with Iran.
On the intelligence bill, to be debated in extraordinary Congressional sessions the Executive will summon, Cristina informed that ” it transfers the telephone tapping system, known as “Judicial Observation” (OJ), to the Public Fiscal Ministry.”
“Prosecutor Nisman’s death is related to the Memorandum and to the AMIA terrorist attack, but it seems that nobody wants to investigate,” she said.
“Through a claim without any grounds, some attempt to say that we intended to divert the AMIA investigation and protect the Iranians accused. But we demand to know and in order to know we need investigations and judicial cooperation we required to Iran, but Argentine courts regarded the Memorandum of Understanding as unconstitutional,” the President stated.
This Government has been an example in the struggle for human rights and against terrorism of all kinds. And because we do not underestimate the Argentine people´s intelligence is that we have decided to dissolve the Secretary of Intelligence,” Cristina said.
“They shall not intimidate me, I am not afraid of them, they can make any accusations they want, but Argentina cannot be ruled in such manner,” the President added. “And the Judicial Power faces a great challenge on Nisman case.”
”Democracy cannot be besieged, now we have an excellent opportunity to come out of the Ariadne’s maze,” Cristina said referring to the classical Greek mythology.