Argentine President Cristina Fernandez plans to write actress Mia Farrow and retired tennis star Martina Navratilova to rebut their recent criticism and explain that the scandal engulfing her is a smear campaign, officials said Thursday.
The unusual incident between the Argentine leader and the two celebrities erupted after Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment on the eve of a Congressional hearing at which he was expected to accuse Cristina Fernandez of covering up Iranian officials' involvement in a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center.
Over the following days, as it emerged that Nisman had drafted an arrest warrant for Cristina Fernandez, Farrow and Navratilova both posted critical comments on Twitter.
Looks like Argentina's Prez not only covered up 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, but also killed the prosecutor, Farrow wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
The 69-year-old American actress, star of 13 movies made with her former partner Woody Allen, also re-tweeted a post by Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth, who wrote that Nisman's death keeps getting fishier.
Navratilova for her part wrote that it is terrible what is going on in Argentina.
This all stinks, added the 58-year-old American-Czech tennis great, an 18-time Grand Slam winner.
Argentine cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said the president would send letters to the two celebrities to make the corresponding clarification. He warned of systematic media manipulation with a strategy to discredit the position of the Argentine government and the president.
A top presidential aide, Anibal Fernandez, also took to Twitter to defend his boss in a flurry of posts written in English.
I believe @MiaFarrow affirmation regarding our Prez is consequence of either misinformation or lack of it. Such a respected and committed artist and activist as @MiaFarrow is certainly aware of the perils of media bias nowadays, he wrote.
The bombing at the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association killed 85 people and wounded 300, the deadliest such attack in Argentina's history.