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The Man Who Knew Too Much

Rachel Ginsberg

Who wanted Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman dead ? Iranian operatives? government loyalists? The President and Foreign Minister? While we may never know who pulled the trigger, Nisman’s Jewish Jerusalem-based friend and confidant has already released his secrets.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

If you don’t want to plow through the 289-page document Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was supposed to present to a congressional committee hours after he was found dead in his apartment, all you need to do is read Gustavo Perednik’s latest novel, To Kill Without a Trace. The book was created when Argentinean-born Perednik, a Jerusalem-based Jewish writer and educator who became a close friend of Nisman, set in novelized form the shocking results of the prosecutor’s ten-year investigation into the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 and maimed 300 — the worst terror atrocity ever committed in the country. While the Argentine government has continually categorized the slaughter as an unsolved crime,AlbertoNisman said all the clues pointed in one sinister direction: Iran. He spent the last decade seeking justice for the victims, accusing Iran of orchestrating the attack and using its terror affiliate Hezbollah to carry it out. The day after his body was discovered, his testimony was expected to implicate economically teetering Argentina’s PresidentCristinaFernándezde Kirchner andForeign MinisterHéctorTimerman of collusion in covering up Iran’s culpability. He claimed they secretly cut a deal with Iran that would whitewash the investigation in order to open a lucrative trade in Argentine grains and meat for desperately needed Iranian oil. (Ironically enough, it was actuallyMrs.Kirchner’s late husband, then-president Nestor Kirchner, who appointed Nisman to the case in 2004 after a ten-year bungled probe into the attack.)

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