Argentine President Directly Challenges Obama on Complicity with Vultures
November 2, 2014 • 6:33PM

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has publicly called Barack Obama on the carpet, demanding he come clean on his duplicity, and complicity, in the assault on her country, and her personally, by the British Queen's vulture funds.

In a harshly-worded Oct. 31 letter addressed to the U.S. President, Fernández zeroes in on Obama's growing political vulnerabilty, demanding that he confirm whether Nancy Soderberg, whom he reappointed to the "key post" of Chairman of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) in 2012, and who advises Obama on national security matters, is the very same Soderberg who co-chairs the American Task Force Argentina (ATFA), the vulture-fund lobby group, financed by multibillionaire Paul Singer and his Elliott Associates, that has led a vicious destabilization campaign against Argentina, including calling for Fernández de Kirchner's overthrow, to "seek political changes to benefit the vulture funds."

The PIDB is a committee whose job is to advise the President on the "classification and declassification of national security information," and Soderberg is described as a "national security expert." Other PIDB members include intelligence community specialists, who've worked for the NSA, the National Security Council, and the National Reconnaissance Office, among other agencies. ATFA's website, www.atfa.org/about-us, confirms that Soderberg is in fact its co-chair, but makes no mention of her membership on the PIDB.

The Argentine President's letter makes short shrift of Obama's duplicitous assertion that the vulture funds' assault on Argentina is a matter pertaining solely to the U.S. courts, whose activities, he claims, are entirely "independent" of any political motivation or intervention.

She warns Obama that should he confirm that the PIDB chair is also the co-chair of ATFA, a fact which is not mentioned in her official PIDB biography, this "would have very grave implications for the relations between our two countries." Cristina Kirchner states that the Nancy Soderberg who co-chairs ATFA "...has carried out a slanderous and injurious campaign of unprecedented proportions against my country's people, its authorities and against me in particular, for the purpose of harming the Argentine Republic on behalf of a handful of vulture funds which seek to gain exorbitant profits by interfering with our sovereign right to restructure our country's foreign debt."

Documenting the many examples of the "aggresiveness and moral depravity" of ATFA's actions against Argentina— embargoing of assets, distributing defamatory leaflets at her hotel in New York demanding the overthrow of her democratically-elected government, and harassing members of her family—Fernández pointedly notes: "You would agree with me that these despicable actions would become a matter of state if they were carried out by a public official. That would be the case if the ATFA official were the same person who works in the White House, and not just a case of like names."

As for the outrageous claims made by Soderberg's ATFA that Argentina is a "narco-state" and sells weapons to Iran, the Argentine President rubs Obama's face in the Fast and Furious case by recalling the speech made by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón to the U.S. Congress, in which he charged that 80% of the weapons confiscated from Mexican criminals came from the U.S., and that there were 7,000 weapons that crossed from the U.S. into Mexico. She told Obama: "Perhaps you know where the weapons come from, where they go, and how these weapons are used to sow so many violent deaths in the world. You can be sure, they didn't come from my country."

In concluding, President Fernández de Kirchner warned Obama: "[It is] unacceptable for a 'key' official of the U.S. government, with access to classified information and direct ties to the Congress of the United States, to be the same person who co-chairs an entity dedicated to attacking and defaming, in the worst terms, a sovereign nation which wishes to have productive relations with your country." Tongue in cheek, she states: "We therefore hope that all this is just a matter of confusion, and that simply, and fortunately, may involve a case of homonyms."

Fernández states that the G-20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, offers a good opportunity for the two countries to work together to eliminate the vulture funds and their tax havens, but "bringing those problems to an end is the role of national leaders, and their manipulation by lobbyists at the service of unscrupulous persons, cannot be allowed."