[Ed. – The original case — the bombing — was from 1994. But prosecutor Alberto Nisman had aroused the ire of government authorities by amassing damning evidence that they colluded with Iran to cover up Iranian complicity in the attack. Nisman was found dead in 2015, before he could bring the evidence forward, and his death ruled a suicide. Now a new investigation by the border police says it wasn’t suicide. It was murder.]
The story is beyond incredible. It’s a spy thriller come to life. And it’s horrifying as well.
Intercepted conversations between representatives of the Iranian and Argentine governments point to a long pattern of secret negotiations to reach a deal in which Argentina would receive oil in exchange for shielding Iranian officials from charges that they orchestrated the bombing of a Jewish community center in 1994. …
The complaint asserts that the negotiators included Argentine intelligence operatives and Mohsen Rabbani, a former Iranian cultural attaché in Argentina charged with helping to coordinate the bombing.
Another intercept shows negotiators talking about ways to place blame for the bombing on right-wing groups and activists. …
What does the actual report say?
The border police report says Nisman was beaten by two people who drugged him and placed him in front of his bathtub. While one of the attackers held him under the armpits “as in a hug,” the other one placed the gun on his head and shot him. It was about 2:46 a.m. on a Sunday.
The investigation listed key evidence that wasn’t mentioned in previous reports: Nisman’s nasal septum was broken.