Fernando de Santibanes
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Fernando de Santibanes is an Argentine politician and banker. He was the Secretary of Intelligence of the Argentine Republic from 1999 to October 23, 2000, during half of Fernando de la Rua's presidency. De Santibanes resigned the position in 2000 after the media discovered the Secretariat's involvement in the Sentate Brives scandals. He is currently facing judicial charges.
De Santibanes studied at the Universidad del Salvador and the University of Chicago. He was a banker at the Banco Financiero from 1984 and headed the company from 1993 until it was sold to the Banco Frances in 1995. It is alleged that de Santibanes made a fortune during the 1989 currency devaluation. He also led the Banco de Credito before his close friend de la Rua appointed him to government.
During de Santibanes' administration of SIDE, 1,200 personnel were fired, drastically reducing SIDE's professional capability. The Secretary was also blamed for the Bribes in the Argentine Senate scandal, in which SIDE provided money that later were used to bribe senators to support government legislation.
Spy chief denies his agency paid bribes in Argentina
Santibanes, replaced by Becerra as Secretary of Intelligence
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