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Thu Jul 2, 2020, 05:48 AM

2. 22 arrests in illegal espionage probe, including ex-Macri official


Susana Martinengo, co-ordinator of presidential documentation during the 2015-2019 Macri presidency, and 21 others detained on charges of illegal espionage against various political leaders.

Lomas de Zamora federal judge Federico Villena on Tuesday ordered the arrest of 22 people, including Susana Martinengo, the co-ordinator of presidential documentation during the 2015-2019 Mauricio Macri presidency, on charges of illegal espionage during that administration against various political leaders, including Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Apart from Martinengo, other important arrests were Jorge “Turco” Sáez, policeman Leandro Araque and the lawyer Facundo Melo, all formerly employed by AFI Federal Intelligence Agency.

According to the testimony given by Melo and Araque to the Congress investigative commission, they reported to Martinengo inside the Casa Rosada in the course of over a dozen meetings as from mid-2018.

Apart from the above quartet, Villena also ordered arrest warrants for the brothers Emiliano and Guillermo Matta, Mercedes Funes, Maria Fermani, Daiana Baldasarre, Denise Tenorio, María Sáez, Jorge Ochoa, Andrés Rodríguez, Gustavo Ciccarelli, Diego Dalmau Pereyra, Javier Bustos, Jonathan Nievas, Martin Terra, Dominique Lasaigues and Mariano Flores.


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Illegal espionage: former AFI agent Guillermo Matta arrested
He is one of the 22 accused by Judge Villena. Meanwhile, the apprehensions of four others involved remain.


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Google translation:

July 01, 2020

The advance of the cause and the arrests of spies and former officials of Macrismo
Illegal espionage: Game over for the Super Mario Bros gang
Judge Villena ordered 22 arrests, including that of Susana Martinengo, former secretary of Macri, and Diego Dalmau Pereyra, former head of Counterintelligence, considering that the accused comprised "a criminal organization with insertion in the National, Provincial and Local State" .
By Irina Hauser

The moment when the policemen were detaining the spy Facundo Melo, one of the agents who reported in Casa Rosada.

Image: EFE

The wife of the ex-spy Leandro Araque opened the door of his house with a thermos and two cups, and approached the car located opposite. “I took out the plan (the patent), and I know that you are from the Federal Police. I brought you coffee, ”said the woman, who had been a police officer until she had a judicial problem due to the disappearance of money seized in a proceeding. The agents, who were federal and had wandered around while monitoring the area, rejected the coffee. "Retire," they said, they got out of the car and took her husband, who long ago knew that this could happen, in custody.

His cell phone had been one of the largest sources of data on the illegal and systematic espionage carried out by the group of the Federal Intelligence Agency called “ Super Mario Bross ” and the communicating vessel with dispatches from the Casa Rosada itself during the presidency of Mauritius. Macri. The federal judge of Lomas de Zamora, Federico Villena, ordered a total of 22 arrests. Among them, that of Susana Martinengo , former Secretary of Documentation of the Presidency, who received the intelligence reports. He also ordered the arrest of a former head of counterintelligence, Diego Dalmau Pereyra, and of two agents who had leading roles in the plot: Jorge "el Turco" Sáez and Facundo Melo. The list includes Martín Terra, ex-husband of model Analía Maiorana, current partner of Darío Santilli, one of the spies, and a close friend of former head of intelligence center Gustavo Arribas. Terra was not arrested, because they still could not find him.

On Monday, the judge ate breakfast with the news that Macri's private secretary, Darío Nieto, had erased part of the contents of his cell phone, hijacked by the Federal Police last week. The technicians who help him began to rescue the information. But that episode, a candidate to complicate the situation of the young Cambodian - known as "the shadow" of the former president - was one of the many reasons that sparked the string of arrests. So far there has been no action on Nieto beyond the raid, but his alleged role as someone receiving intelligence reports appeared in Martinengo's mouth, in dialogues that make up the file. Prosecutor Cecilia Incardona rejected her request to be released from prison. Villena was on the same path.

Another factor that seemed to accelerate the arrests is that from Comodoro Py the federal prosecutor Guillermo Marijuán disputes the case with the judge of Lomas de Zamora, arguing that one of the facts that gave rise to it - the attempted attack on the former official of Defense José Luis Vila - occurred in the City of Buenos Aires. At the same time, in the Chamber of La Plata they are processing challenges against Villena that have not yet been resolved. The spies are fighting for him to go to at least the other federal court in Lomas, in charge of Juan Pablo Augé, in charge of the cause for spying on the Patria Institute and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's house.

What is investigated in the file by Villena are illegal espionage maneuvers that included follow-ups, photos, videos, and intelligence reports on pro-government and opposition political leaders, journalists, trade unionists, members of the Catholic Church, leaders of social organizations and former detained officials and businessmen. All this activity took place at least between 2017 and 2019 in most cases. Some of the intelligence parts had some of the most elemental content, such as describing whether "the target" had left or entered his home. Still, everything indicates that there was constant espionage, which combined political and economic objectives, as well as the search to “break” detainees so that they would compromise others.

"A criminal organization"
In the arrest warrants, the judge wrote that he is investigating “a criminal organization with insertion in the National, Provincial and Local State, whose members fulfilling different strategic roles and making use of their quality as civil servants and / or public employees and agents and / or dependents of the security and / or AFI forces "formed an illicit association and carried out maneuvers in violation of national intelligence law, in" different periods and different jurisdictions. "This rule prohibits" obtaining information, producing intelligence and storing data about people by the fact of their race, religious faith, private actions, political opinion or adhesion or membership in party, social, union, community, cooperative, welfare organizations,cultural or labor ... "or for any lawful activity carried out by the victims, with the aim of" influencing the institutional, political, social, economic situation, or the internal life of political parties, influencing public opinion, people, in the media or legally constituted associations or groups ”.

That is the central hypothesis that is handled in the case and the determination to carry out the arrests was mainly justified in that due to the role that “those who would have participated in the acts have the means and / or links to avoid the application of the criminal law " "Given their expertise, they could hinder the development of the process by altering evidence or using their influences to remove themselves from their obligations, such as absenting themselves from attending to provide an investigative statement," said Villena. According to the elements collected, he said he presumed that "the defendants would maintain links with personnel from different security forces and individuals not yet individualized" with which they could "frustrate the investigation." The investigations are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.


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