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Argentina President Seeks Intelligence Services Overhaul

Image: Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman's death
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - JANUARY 21: A woman holds a placard that reads 'We are all Nisman' outside the headquarters of AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) during a demonstration to demand justice in the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 21, 2015. Alberto Nisman who had accused President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of covering up Irans alleged involvement in a deadly Jewish center bombing in 1994, was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment early Monday with a gunshot wound to his head. (Photo by Rodrigo Ruiz Ciancia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)Anadolu Agency / Getty Images Contributor

President Cristina Fernandez called on Argentina's Congress to dissolve the country's intelligence services following the mysterious death of a prosecutor investigating the country's worst terrorist attack.

Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead Jan. 18 in his apartment with a single gunshot wound and a gun next to him; authorities are still investigating the cause, including a possible suicide. Nisman's death came days after he accused Fernandez and other officials of shielding former Iranian officials accused of involvement in the 1994 bombing of Argentina's largest Jewish center, which killed 85 people. The deal allegedly was in exchange for economic and trade benefits with Iran.

In her televised address Fernandez did not talk in detail of Nisman's death, but noted that the country's intelligence services had not changed since Argentina transitioned from a brutal military dictatorship to a democracy in 1983.

Fernandez said she would give lawmakers her proposal for a new spy agency by the end of the week.

Nisman's death has produced anti-government protests and a myriad of conspiracy theories, ranging from suicide to the involvement of Iranian intelligence agents.

In two letters last week, Fernandez suggested Nisman's death was a plot against her government possibly orchestrated by intelligence services, which had fed false information to Nisman.


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--The Associated Press