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New “National Federal Intelligence Agency” under discussion in Argentina.

Americas Security News.- Argentina Intelligence Service under scrutiny. Photo Credit to Stratfor

Americas Security News.- Argentina Intelligence Service under scrutiny. Photo Credit to Stratfor

Argentina’s Congress on Tuesday began debating a proposal to reform the clandestine service, whose alleged transgressions have ranged from simple corruption to helping the former military government identify many of the thousands of political detractors who were disappeared or killed.

Lawmakers held the extraordinary session two weeks after prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found shot dead Jan. 18, hours before he was to detail allegations that President Cristina Fernandez helped Iran cover up the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people. Fernandez has rejected Nisman’s claims and suggested that rogue intelligence operatives were behind his death.

Hugo Anzorreguy, former head of the Secretary of Intelligence, is awaiting trial for allegedly heading a plot to derail the investigation into the bombing, which has never been solved. Former President Carlos Menem is also being tried in the case.

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