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Argentine Leader Faults U.S. on Inquiry - New York Times
BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina's new president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, lashed out at the United States on Thursday for meddling in Latin American affairs after American prosecutors in Miami alleged that a suitcase stuffed with $800,000 was intended to be a secret contribution to her campaign.

"There is some garbage in international politics that holds back development and seriousness in international relationships," Mrs. Kirchner said from the presidential palace here.

On Wednesday, just two days after Mrs. Kirchner was sworn in as Argentina's first elected female president, American officials arrested three Venezuelans and one Uruguayan on charges of acting and conspiring to act as agents of a foreign government within the United States, without prior notification to the attorney general.

According to the American criminal complaint, the four individuals, and a fifth who is still being sought, were acting on behalf of high-ranking officials in the government of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, which an assistant United States attorney says was seeking to deliver the money to Mrs. Kirchner's campaign in August, two months before the Oct. 28 election.

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by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 04:05:23 AM EST
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