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Sun Mar 19, 2017, 05:46 PM

Former Spanish Premier Felipe Gonzalez accuses Macri of using courts to eliminate political opponent

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The administration of Argentine President Mauricio Macri and one of its chief backers, the top Buenos Aires news daily Clarín, were forced to retract a claim made that former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González pressed Macri to have his predecessor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, "jailed" in order to "encourage foreign investment."

The widely-publicized claim, published in Clarín by their chief business writer Marcelo Bonelli on March 17, was based on a meeting Macri and González held in Madrid just hours before the Argentine president concluded his state visit to Spain on February 24.

González's spokesman, Joaquín Tagar, called on Clarín to "rectify the article, which reflects neither the conversation itself nor Mr. González's thinking." Hours later, the former prime minister appeared via telephone at the Buenos Aires evening news program Minuto Uno to further repudiate the story.

"This is totally false," González told Minuto Uno host Gustavo Sylvestre. "It reflects neither the conversation itself, my own opinions, or my way of thinking. (Bonelli) put words in my mouth, as I never spoke to him or anyone else at Clarín."

Unnamed sources

The article cited only unnamed sources for the quote, which was corroborated by no one present at the meeting. Bonelli promptly issued a retraction, albeit an ambiguous one that seemed to impugn González's word while upholding the "trustworthiness" of his own sources.

Neither Macri nor anyone in his right-wing administration responded publicly to either González or Mrs. Kirchner, or to reports that Macri officials privately admitted to the news journal La Política Online that the exchange never in fact took place.

Macri himself had already created a similar controversy on September 20, when he falsely claimed British Prime Minister Theresa May had agreed to discuss the issue of sovereignty over the disputed Falkland Islands.

Eliminating political opponents

Plagued by severe recession, the Panama Papers revelations, and a number of high-dollar conflict-of-interest scandals, Macri and his surrogates have pursued charges against their embattled but still popular predecessor, Cristina Kirchner. Mrs. Kirchner leads polling for the key upcoming Senate race in Buenos Aires Province, the nation's largest, and remains a a top contender for the presidency in 2019 should she choose to run.

Support from the Clarín Group, part of the country's largest media conglomerate, was key to Macri's narrow electoral win in 2015, and both Clarín and its cable news arm, TN, routinely call for Mrs. Kirchner to be jailed while giving the increasingly unpopular Macri positive coverage.

For González, however, the controversy goes beyond merely lying. "Using the courts to eliminate political opponents is undemocratic and goes against my deepest convictions," he said.

"I just turned 75, and have been in politics for 50 years; but I'm still amazed sometimes."

At: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.infonews.com%2Fnota%2F306549


Former Spanish Premier Felipe González: still amazed sometimes.[/center]

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Response to tenorly (Original post)

Sun Mar 19, 2017, 09:22 PM

1. It looks as if these fascists have learned they can't reach their goals if they tell the truth.

What's much newer is the blatancy, and the frequency of their public lying.

They seem to have agreed they are powerful enough now that they don't own the people of their countries the truth, not ever.

Great knowing that Felipe González has spoken openly about Macri's clumsy, Trump-like whopper. It would have been horrible if he hadn't heard about it, and hadn't responded, and, of course, it's so good Macri wasn't able to inflict the damage he wanted to use, to destroy Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Long live the good people, and "shove off" to the others. The sooner, the better.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 19, 2017, 11:40 PM

2. And just as Trump has Faux News, Macri has these toadies like Marcelo Bonelli.

Bonelli, despite his Italian surname, has quite a history of running interference for Spanish interests in Argentina - even predatory ones.

He was Clarín's top cheerleader for privatizations in the '90s (many of which ended up in Spanish hands), and remember when Ms. Kirchner renationalized the oil firm YPF in 2012? Bonelli spent every waking minute bashing the decision and exalting Repsol, the Spanish oil firm (co-owned w/ Mexican narcos) that had been running YPF into the ground.

That is, until it came out that his wife had a plum job at Repsol (as a "translator" earning $240,000 a year), and that Repsol was his program's chief sponsor.

After this little fracas though, I doubt any seasoned Madrid ejecutivo will want Bonelli carrying water for him in the future.


Bonelli and wife: Mr. and Mrs. Repsol.[/center]

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Response to tenorly (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 12:07 AM

3. Mrs. Bonelli must have pulled off some super-duper translation for Repsol!

Who could have guessed a translator could expect to earn nearly one quarter of a million dollars per year, after all?

Maybe she also could translate common dirt into gold!

Bonelli, himself, is sporting an especially odd smirk in the photo. He seems both smug, and sinister.

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