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Nisman: Ghost in the machine

The dramatic and world-headline making press conference held by the ex-wife of killed (murdered?suicide?) public prosecutor Alberto Nisman is already beginning to look shaky. At that highly covered presser last Thursday his ex-wife and Argentine judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado stated that according to the readings of the autopsy report (made by her and her team) Nisman was not killed in-situ or on the Sunday morning/midday that the government insist as time and place of death, but was killed the previous evening and then moved to the bathroom where he was found.

Ms Arroyo Salgado's problem is that she doesn't have all the information to hand. According to records (and before you start with the "yeah but..." interjections, this isn't just the gov't's info, but also telephone company and internet company info), the computer in Nisman's apartment was turned on at 8am Sunday morning and then used to check all the things that Nisman typically checked, including his Yahoo mail account and various newspapers. 

Slight aside: IKN isn't going to start covering this story on a blow-by-blow basis, but today's is interesting because things such as facts are much less likely to be covered in the same media blanket as the "He was murdered!" presser we saw last week from Nisman's ex. That's because this case is highly political and as the CFK government has a whole stack of enemies both inside and outside of Argentina, you can guarantee that coverage isn't going to be free and fair. I still don't know whether Nisman committed suicide or was murdered and frankly, at this point nobody does*. I suspect he committed suicide, but one mouthy guy with a blog's opinion is of zero importance and I'd be perfectly okay about being proved wrong on my current suspicions. Plus there's the "cui bono" factor, which offers very little if any 'bono' to the government of Argentina for his death. After all, his two year in the making case filed against the CFK government has already been shown as shaky, to say the least. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to work out that it would have been to the government's benefit to have had the chance to cross-examine Nisman on the facts of his case and shown both him and the world at the same time that his prosecution was built on false facts and statements.

*Unless of course he was indeed murdered, which means by definition that at least one person knows.