Is Iran’s ‘Sheikh of Terror’ Still At It?

It’s been over two weeks since Argentine state prosecutor Alberto Nisman, best known for his role in the probe of the deadly 1994 AMIA bombings, was found dead in a pool of blood in his apartment after accusing Argentine President Cristina Kirchner of whitewashing Iran’s role in the tragedy. Enough time for the world – not to mention the media – to contemplate the prosecutor’s gruesome fate, as well as Kirchner’s fumbling attempts (also noticed by journalist Damian Pachter, who revealed that he fled Argentina after breaking the story of Nisman’s death) to distance herself from both Nisman’s allegations and his demise.

Over two weeks, and the picture surrounding both Nisman’s death and the case he spearheaded should have become a little clearer. But if anything, it’s murkier: although we now know more about the death itself – for instance, that Nisman was shot in the head – we know little about what will become of his allegations against Kirchner. If a recent report by The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts is any indication, Argentinian judges aren’t willing to pursue them, “raising the prospect of the case dying along with the prosecutor.”

Nisman’s case didn’t fare any better elsewhere. An analysis by Jonathan Blitzer on The New Yorker underscored the prosecutor’s ties to embassies, foreign operatives and Argentina’s corrupt intelligence establishment; moreover, the piece was more about Kirchner’s politics than about Nisman, despite its evocative headline (“What Happened to Alberto Nisman?”). Benedict Mander’s piece on FT, meanwhile, zoomed in on what “the Nisman case” would mean “for Argentina’s teetering economy.”

And what of the Iran connection? It was mentioned mostly anecdotally, as an “obsession” of Nisman’s, the focal point of an anti-government conspiracy fed to him by rogue sources. As expected, monitoring sites such as CAMERA and Iran News Updates called attention to it, warning against downplaying the Iranian threat and declaring the dead prosecutor a “martyr.”

Not one major outlet revisited the portrait The Wall Street Journal painted of President Hassan Rouhani days after his election on a moderate ticket, describing him as “one of the key overseers of Iran’s global-assassination campaign in the 1990s” and finally, crowning him “the Sheikh of Terror.” Has the campaign claimed its latest victim? Who knows, but don’t hold your breath for an Argentinian probe.

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