Argentine intelligence agent nabbed in burglary of opposition candidate’s home

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentine investigators have arrested a government intelligence agent in a burglary of the home of a leading opposition candidate, whose bloc could sway the balance of power in congress.

Security camera videos released Monday show Tigre Mayor Sergio Massa’s home was robbed on July 20, allegedly by Coast Guard officer Alcides Diaz Gorgonio, who was detained hours after the crime.

While Massa stopped short of blaming the government for the burglary, he also said he would not be intimidated. The agent’s boss, meanwhile, suggested that Massa was twisting a common crime into a political scandal.

Diaz works in the security ministry’s intelligence unit under Deputy Security Minister Sergio Berni, who answers to President Cristina Fernandez. The videos show a man, allegedly Diaz, breaking into the house and carrying a pistol with a silencer. Massa said the gun was used during the burglary to destroy a security camera.

“If someone fantasized that I could be frightened by this political maneuver, they are mistaken,” said Massa.

Massa used to be Fernandez’s Cabinet chief but split from the ruling Front for Victory party..

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