Alberto Nisman, the Argentinian prosecutor investigating the possible involvement of that country's President in a terrorism scandal, was found dead in his apartment in January. His death has all the hallmarks of an assassination.
Now Bloomberg informs us that there may be far more to his death than meets the eye.
Three former Venezuelan government officials who defected from Hugo Chavez's regime spoke to the Brazilian magazine Veja about an alleged alliance between Argentina, Venezuela, and Iran, which included a deal in which Argentina would get Interpol to remove from its database the names of Iranians suspected of bombing a Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994.
Alberto Nisman, an Argentine prosecutor, had been investigating the deadly bombing before he was found dead in his apartment in January with a gunshot wound to the head. He was about to testify to Argentina's legislature that the administration of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner had helped cover up Iran's hand in the bombing.
Nisman alleged that the Fernandez regime engaged in the cover-up to secure an oil-for-grain deal with Iran (Argentina is energy poor), but Veja's sources take it a step further. They say the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez helped broker a deal between Argentina and Iran that secured cash for Argentina (including funds for Fernandez's 2007 presidential run) and nuclear intelligence for Iran on top of derailing the AMIA probe.
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Also in January 2007, Ahmadinejad and Chavez allegedly hatched the plan for "aeroterror," as Chavistas came to call it. It was a flight from Caracas to Damascus to Tehran that was made twice a month. It flew from Caracas carrying cocaine to be distributed to Hezbollah in Damascus and sold. The plane then went to Tehran carrying Venezuelan passports and other documents that helped Iranian terrorists travel around the world undetected.
There's more at the link. It's well worth reading in full.
If this is true, it holds all sorts of implications for US national security - particularly given the porous nature of our southern border. Who knows how many terrorists were able to gain entry to South America with the connivance of Argentina and/or Venezuela, then make their way north into and through Mexico? And where are they now?