Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mushrooming Spy Scandal in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES – Revelations of illegal wiretapping by a former cop have sparked a war of words between the city’s conservative mayor and the center-left government of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez.

Federal Cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez (no relation to the president) said Thursday that Mauricio Macri “has other no other way out” than to resign, likening the mayor’s conduct to that of U.S. President Richard Nixon during Watergate.

The illegal wiretaps were arranged by former police inspector Jorge “Fino” Palacios and Macri, Anibal Fernandez said.

Palacios and Macri, according to the Cabinet chief, were “working on a kind of small business in which what was done was to carry out telephone intercepts to sell them (the tapes) later to the highest bidder.”


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