Who was paying Alberto Nisman, and why were they paying him?

Remember Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who was pursuing an investigation related to the (allegedly Iranian-perpetrated) 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and turned up dead in a case of alleged suicide? And how his investigation was focused on former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and so there were a lot of rumors that Nisman had been suicided by Kirchner, or possibly Iranian agents, to stop his investigation? Or by Argentine intelligence, looking to discredit Kirchner?

At LobeLog today, independent journalist Michael LaSusa shares some fairly shocking revelations about Nisman:

Documents obtained exclusively by LobeLog confirm that Argentine officials violated an agreement with the US Treasury Department by leaking sensitive financial information regarding deceased prosecutor Alberto Nisman. These leaks could complicate further US-Argentine cooperation in the controversial investigations surrounding Nisman’s death.

The leaks exposed a number of suspicious financial transactions involving a New York bank account maintained by Nisman since March 2002. Argentine authorities are currently investigating the possibility that the account was used for money laundering, while a separate inquiry attempts to determine the cause of Nisman’s death.

Argentine investigators have previously hypothesized that some of the deposits in Nisman’s New York account could be linked to a group of US investors, including some prominent funders of conservative political causes, who have been locked in a years-long legal battle with Argentina over the country’s debt.

And media reports have recently surfaced that appear to confirm that Nisman received questionable payments through a separate bank account in Uruguay from a company owned by US billionaire Sheldon Adelson, one of the most influential fund-raisers on the American conservative political scene.

Neither the money laundering investigation nor the inquiry into Nisman’s death has yet reached an official conclusion. But the information contained in the documents obtained by LobeLog, combined with a months-long investigation, sheds new light on a case that Argentine journalist Uki Goni wrote has “enough twists and turns to satisfy the most avid conspiracy theorist.”

There are indeed so many twists and turns that you’ll have to go read the whole piece there–I can’t possibly summarize it here. Adelson and Paul Singer, one of those investors who have been fighting with the Argentine government over the debt issue, are both major contributors to Republican, pro-Israel, anti-Iran causes and candidates in the US, so if they were funneling money to Nisman that’s a big story.

Alberto Nisman

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