Journalist Who Broke News of Prosecutor’s Death Flees Argentina Fearing for Life


The first journalist to report on the death of a state prosecutor had to flee Argentina in fear for his life.


Aaron Nelson  |  The Pontiac Tribune

Argentina — State prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound — a declaration that will be closely scrutinized — in his locked apartment on January 18th.

He had been investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires at the time of his death.

Damian Pachter was the first journalist to break the story on his death — which incidentally came five days after Nisman accused President Christina Fernandez and other officials of reaching a deal with Iran to shield some officials from possible punishment for the 1994 attack.

I’m leaving because my life is in danger. My phones are tapped,” said Damian Pachter, a journalist with the Buenos Aires Herald.

Patcher’s website reported that he is no longer in Argentina, but did not reveal his present location.

He was scheduled to appear before Congress to answer questions concerning his accusation that President Cristina Fernandez conspired to derail his investigation into Nisman’s death.

protesters

Protests have been held across the country and the turn of events have set off a storm of different theories about who killed State prosecuter Alberto Nisman and why.

Investigating prosecutor Viviana Fein said the preliminary autopsy found “no intervention” by others in Nisman’s death. His body was found inside the bathroom, blocking the door, and there were no signs of forced entry or robbery in the apartment, Fein said. She would not rule out the possibility that Nisman was “induced” to suicide, explaining that the gun was not his.

The government of Argentina believes rogue agents from its own intelligence services were behind his death, stating the allegations and Nisman’s death are linked to a power struggle between Argentina’s intelligence agency and recently fired agents.

So far the findings left more questions than answers about the death.


 

This is a developing story.

 

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