Friday, March 8, 2019

former intelligence chief on Nisman case; etc.

3-3-2016  The revelations of the country's most powerful spy, Mr. Stiuso, extended for 16 hours Monday morning.  That day judicial sources revealed to Infobae that the former intelligence chief of Néstor Kirchner and previous governments told Judge Fabiana Palmaghini that Nisman was killed by "a group linked to the government" of Kirchner.
  Nisman's former collaborator on international terrorism issues said that after the death of Néstor Kirchner, Cristina Kirchner called him and the former AMIA prosecutor to "stop investigating the Iranian trail in the cause of the attack." Because he did not obey, it cost him "to throw him out of  SIDE" and that "Nisman finished as he finished".  In addition, he revealed that Iranian intelligence has capacitty to commit murders....
-Former General Director of Operations of SIDE, Antonio Stiuso
  In his complaint for the cover-up of the five Iranians accused of the attack, Nisman had stressed that Quebracho's chief and the former deputy secretary of Housing for Social Habitat had traveled to Iran at least three times and that the former had received Iranian funding for his job. organization.  In addition in the wiretapping Esteche is awarded along with the Iranian referent Yousuf Khalil in Argentina to be the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Iran, which was declared unconstitutional by the Justice.
  Esteche defended himself against the accusation of Jaime Stiuso against his organization and described it as "a formidable fantasy, very difficult to believe", whose objective is to "build the little story to take Cristina Kirchner."
  Three years into the investigation, James Bernazzani, a senior agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was dispatched to Buenos Aires to help.  When he and his team began examining the truck, they found bits of flesh and bluejeans stuck to a fragment of metal.  Technicians at an F.B.I. lab quickly identified a man who they believed was the driver: Ibrahim Hussein Berro, a Hezbollah operative from Lebanon. Intelligence analysts determined that Berro’s family had been fêted by Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader, shortly after the bombing.  “The case we made would have stood up in the U.S. judicial system,” Bernazzani said….
  Two years after taking over the amia case, Nisman produced an indictment.  In the course of eight hundred and one pages, he charged seven Iranian officials, including the former President, Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, and also indicted Hezbollah’s senior military commander, Imad Mugniyah.  “The decision to carry out the attack was made not by a small splinter group of extremist Islamic officials,” Nisman wrote, but was “extensively discussed and ultimately adopted by a consensus of the highest representatives of the Iranian government.”  Drawing on the testimony of Iranian defectors, Nisman wrote that the decision was made on August 14, 1993, at a meeting of the Committee for Special Operations, which included the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.
  Since the nineteen-eighties, Nisman wrote, Iran had established a “vast spy network” inside Argentina that gathered information, picked targets, and recruited local helpers. The coördinator of the amia operation inside the country was an Iranian named Mohsen Rabbani, who for many years was a leader at a mosque in Buenos Aires called Al Tawhid.  It was Rabbani, Nisman said, who financed the attack, oversaw the purchase of the Renault, and directed the assembly of the bomb….
  Much of the testimony that guided Nisman toward the Iranian regime was provided by a man referred to in court documents as “Witness C”--Abolghasem Mesbahi, an Iranian intelligence agent who defected to Germany in 1996. Mesbahi, too, was vague about Iran’s motivations.  He told investigators only that the regime regarded Argentina, whose Jewish population is the seventh-largest in the world, as an easy place to kill Jews.  But he offered one clear explanation for the vexed legal process that followed: President Menem, he claimed, was a paid Iranian asset of long standing.
For years leading up to the attack, Middle Eastern countries had sought to expand their influence in Argentina.  Menem’s predecessor, Raúl Alfonsín, had cultivated relationships with Egypt and Iraq, collaborating on a medium-range ballistic missile called the Condor. Alfonsín’s government had also agreed to provide material and technical assistance to Iran’s nuclear program, which was beginning to raise concerns in the West.
  According to Mesbahi, Menem began receiving large sums of money from Iranian agents in the mid-eighties, when he was the governor of La Rioja Province.  Menem is of Syrian descent, and the payments, usually made to companies that he was connected with, were intended to buy influence in the country’s Middle Eastern community. According to a former senior member of his Administration, Menem also received millions of dollars from other governments, including those of Muammar Qaddafi, in Libya, and Hafez Assad, in Syria, to pay for his election campaigns….Mesbahi suggested that Menem’s clandestine relationship with Iran continued through the amia bombing.  Under interrogation, he claimed that Menem had agreed to whitewash Iran’s role, and in exchange received ten million dollars, wired to his numbered account at the Bank of Luxembourg in Geneva.

  In a very strong and serious report of almost three hundred pages filed before an argentine federal court of justice, General Prosecutor of the AMIA case, Alberto Nisman, accused Argentine President
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and some high-ranking members of her government of deciding, negotiating and arranging the impunity of the AMIA bombing ́s Iranian fugitives, so as to invent Iran ́s innocence.  1
…In December 2012,
Fernando Esteche revealed: “...they want to build a new enemy in the AMIA case, new people responsible for the AMIA bombing,  it is a necessity that they have to build it...” Also during the same discussion, it became clear that such task was assigned to especially appointed officials within the Secretary of Intelligence….
  They were acting under superior orders, under presidential directives; hence, they only have to conceal their activities from third parties, but not from their superiors or from their Iranian accomplices. The redirection of the investigation and the discredit of the judicial authorities in charge of the case had presidential seal.  And, it was admitted: “take it easy, everything is settled very high up”.
…In 2009, Mr. Nisman’s Special Investigation Unit released a new indictment in the AMIA case related to the identification of the car bomb used in the attack.  This writ also addressed a detailed explanation of the actual functioning of the Hezbollah ́s terrorist cell which executed the terrorist attack.  In that indictment, it was also determined the identity and involvement of the terrorist task force ́s chief, a Lebanese national named Samuel Salman El Reda; who had coordinated the arrival and departure, the logistic operations and other activities unfolded by the terrorist task force in charge of executing the final stage of the attack.  A national and an international arrest warrants and Interpol ́s red notice were issued to capture El Red.  In that accusation, it was established that he was an active Hezbollah ́s member with proven connections with other prominent members of the organization settled in the Tri Border Area.   27
  …A President who has publicly boasted, before the victims, about her commitment with the pursuit of truth and justice; who has declared that her government will not allow the AMIA case to be used in the chessboard of world geopolitics; who claimed to have intervened in this matter because the judicial case was paralyzed; who celebrated the signature of an agreement that she described as “historic”; was, in fact, the main architect, along with
Foreign Minister Timerman, of the fraudulent dismantling of the investigation and the       31
illegal aiding of the defendants. In other words, they spoke of justice and truth while, in fact, they granted impunity....
  In August 2013, on a ceremony held on the occasion of Al-Quds Day, Luis D’Elía vindicated Hezbollah and bragged about his contacts within that terrorist organization, which has been indicted for executing the AMIA bombing. That day he spoke about his trip to Lebanon of March 2012, where he visited Hezbollah ́s locations and met with its leaders.  His militancy in favor of this organization reached the point of asking Jorge Khalil to provide him with contacts within Hamas ́ and Hezbollah ́s leaders, claiming a journalistic interest: “...that you provide contacts there with Hezbollah and Hamas...”
  The accusation ́s report confirmed that Luis D’Elía is not just aligned to President Cristina Fernández due to their common view regarding the AMIA case, but it established that he is one of her political operators, who works for her interests, receives instructions and answers without questioning.  President Fernández did not choose anyone to act as her intermediary in the negotiations with Iran, she chose a “soldier”—D’Elía.
  In sum and within the revealed plan, Mr. Larroque worked as a nexus between President Fernández and
Luis D ́Elía.  He also conveyed messages and directives to the Iranian agent Jorge Khalil and stayed communicated with Fernando Esteche.  He was a key player in the coordination of communications and negotiations which enabled the criminal maneuver. In addition, he participated in the commercial issues behind it and also intervened to avoid complications that could have damaged the rapprochement with Tehran.
  Fernando Luis Esteche is the leader of a political organization named “Quebracho”, with good rapport with some current government officials.  For years he had positioned himself in favor of Iranian interests and he had even received economic aid from Tehran ́s regime.  His involvement in this plan has been decisive, because he contacted the Iranian agent in Buenos Aires, Jorge Khalil, with argentine intelligence agents and, also, he convened to participate in this plot former prosecutor of the AMIA case, Héctor Yrimia. 47
  …Khalil even admitted that Yrimia and Argentine intelligence personnel “...are the ones who are adjusting the whole story...” in reference to the creation of the false hypothesis to redirect the investigation towards another theory and new defendants. 49

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