US embassy cable - 09BUENOSAIRES126

ARGENTINA: FUGITIVE HACKER RETURNS TO ARGENTINA AND THREATENS TO TELL ALL

Identifier: 09BUENOSAIRES126
Wikileaks: View 09BUENOSAIRES126 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Buenos Aires
Created: 2009-02-05 19:45:00
Classification: SECRET
Tags: PTER SNAR ASEC KCOR KFRD UY AR
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/04/2029 
TAGS: PTER, SNAR, ASEC, KCOR, KFRD, UY, AR 
SUBJECT: ARGENTINA: FUGITIVE HACKER RETURNS TO ARGENTINA 
AND THREATENS TO TELL ALL 
 
Classified By: Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne for reasons 1.4 
(b) & (d). 
 
1. (U) Fugitive Argentine government employee or contractor 
Pablo Carpintero returned to Buenos Aires on February 3 and 
is in the custody of the Argentine Coast Guard (Prefectura). 
Carpintero and his fellow indictee, Ivan Velazquez, sought 
political asylum in Uruguay in May 2008 claiming to be the 
victims of an internal dispute in the Argentine State 
Secretariat for Intelligence (SIDE).  They were the primary 
actors in a scandal regarding the hacking of the email 
accounts of prominent GOA officials, journalists, opposition 
politicians, Supreme Court judges, and show business 
celebrities.  Velazquez -- previously arrested and paroled 
for a bribery charge for allegedly offering an Uruguayan 
official money in exchange for information on some of his 
Argentine accusers -- remains incarcerated in Uruguay under 
accusation of stealing an Uruguayan police arms registration 
database. 
 
2.  (U) According to "La Nacion," Carpintero and Velazquez 
are threatening to reveal SIDE secrets, to reveal for whom 
they worked (in their hacking activities) and to name who 
ordered their clandestine (hacking) operation.  The February 
3 "La Nacion" article implied Carpintero would reveal this 
information to federal Judge Arroyo Salgado, while Velazquez 
was revealing his version by publishing his autobiography 
chapter by chapter on the internet from his jail cell. 
Arroyo Salgado reportedly planned to advise Uruguayan justice 
officials of her intent to request the extradition of 
Velazquez, although post understood that the GOA had already 
requested his extradition from Uruguay. 
 
3.  (S) Comment: Post cautiously awaits Carpintero's version 
of events and local media reaction.  Given Carpintero's and 
Velazquez's track record of erratic behavior and information 
peddling, their credibility should be weak with both the 
Argentine government and the public.  Post is particularly 
concerned that Velazquez, who is reportedly publishing a 
serial memoir of his clandestine career online, and/or 
Carpintero will attempt to drag USG agencies through the mud 
in their fanciful accounting to judicial authorities or the 
press.  They could easily alter their original story of being 
victims of a power struggle within SIDE to finger U.S. 
intelligence or law enforcement as the puppeteer, especially 
given their attempts to shop around their information here 
and in Uruguay.  The situation bears close attention and 
public diplomacy preparedness. 
WAYNE 

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