This Tuesday, the journalist Tomás Méndez, released in his program on the ExtraTV Channel a series of audios in which the alleged voice of the economist Carlos Melconian can be heard plotting an influence that sells a network and harassing employees of the national administration in public.
The recordings, whose authenticity is still under investigation, were allegedly made when the current candidate for Minister of Economy Patricia Bullrich was the president of Banco Nación, during the administration of Mauricio Macri.
When they were presented, Méndez admitted that, if they were liars, he would commit a crime and “should go to jail.” He then challenged the economist to appear on his program to refute them, and then promised to bring them to court this Wednesday morning, with the promise of releasing more audio tonight.
In one of the audios, his voice is heard planning, claiming that he is almost out of the country, so it is urgent to appoint the directors of various companies to collect all the salaries and “send them to well.” The idea, he said, was that they accepted these appointments in exchange for carrying the folders of the former Secretary of Commerce, Miguel Braun (2015-2018). If confirmed, Méndez said, “this could be a crime of influence peddling, which is a serious crime.”
El tema Melconian no es si los medios mercenarios lo levantan o las Mabeles lo defienden diciendo q "es IA". El verdadero tema es por qué la justicia no actúa de oficio. ¿Quién lo protege? 🤔#MELCONIANGATE#SexoporelCargo#MelcoGate pic.twitter.com/6i1mmDMfMW
— von Franz (@vonFranz1) October 11, 2023
In another conversation, Melconian allegedly admitted to having contact with a VIP prostitution ring operating at the Panamericano hotel in Buenos Aires, in exchange for political favors.
And finally, in two more audios, he talks directly to an employee of Banco Nación whom he forces to have sex again and asks him to set a date for the same week. The woman tries to avoid it and postpone it until the next week, where the economist warns her that she might lose her job. He hesitates and asks her if she has spoken to “Rodolfo,” who may be responsible for teaching her. He tells her he will do it the moment they meet. In the next call, he asked him again if he spoke to this Rodolfo and, facing the turns of his superior, he told him that they offered him to work at the Foreign Ministry.
— LiberalDeMilei (@LIBERALDEMILEl) October 10, 2023
The first to voice it was not Together for Change, but surprisingly it was Sergio Massa.
This Wednesday morning, Bullrich summarized the situation and assured that these are audios produced by artificial intelligence and edited, although he did not provide evidence of this.
In response, Méndez tweeted: “Patricia Bullrich said that the audios were cut and that they came from AI. So now, in a few minutes we go to the http://adnweb.com.ar page, there you will find at most tonight all the complete audios.With a duration of more than an hour and a half.
Patricia Bullrich dijo que los audios estaban cortados y que eran de IA. Por eso ahora, en unos minutos vamos a subir a la página de https://t.co/bT948XD1fG ahí van a encontrar a lo sumo esta noche todos los audios completos. Con una duración de más de una hora y media
— Tomás Méndez (@mendeztomascba) October 11, 2023