Argentina’s Congress debates reform of spy agency

February 3, 2015 10:50 PM

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s clandestine spy agency has a notoriously dark past that includes its failure to prevent a major attack on a Jewish community center, then allegedly sabotaging the investigation into what happened.

Operating with autonomy — and many critics argue, frequent impunity — the intelligence gathering groups under the umbrella of the Secretary of Intelligence have been used by governments dating back to the military dictatorship of the early 1970s to gather dirt on opponents.

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