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Intelligence imbroglios muddy Argentine government

Monday, January 26, 2015

Significance

Pachter, now in Israel, said that he feared for his life after his travel plans were reported on the government's Twitter account and his phone was allegedly tapped. His departure came a day after the Prosecutors' Association announced the unprecedented step of seeking to become a plaintiff in the investigation of Nisman's death, reflecting the complexities of a case in which "the public perception is that this is a murder".

Impacts

  • Due to lack of transparency, rumours may quickly gain traction and be perceived as fact.
  • Opposition calls for the heads of the security and intelligence services to be removed will be disregarded.
  • The fallout will probably deny the government any residual hope of retaining the presidency.
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