“I am scared for me and my family. For what can happen to us,” begins one of the chapters of “My Years with Nestor and Everything I Saw,” the book by Miriam Quiroga, the ex-secretary — and rumored mistress — of deceased Argentinean President Nestor Kirchner. In the book, Quiroga narrates the details of her relationship with him as well as her experience working in the very heart of Kirchnerism — including scandalous, dirty details — much to the current Argentine government’s dismay.
Who is Miriam Quiroga?
Miriam Quiroga was former President Nestor Kirchner’s personal secretary. For more than 10 years, she worked next to him: first when he was Governor of Santa Cruz, and later as president. Quiroga had a position in the Casa Rosada (the equivalent of the U.S.’ White House). She was in charge of the Presidential Documentation Center, the area that receives all messages sent to the president from citizens. She was also his personal secretary, and many — even Quiroga herself — have alluded to her being his lover as well.
After the death of Nestor Kirchner, Quiroga was “let go” by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, his wife. For certain, her dismissal was, in part, due to the intimate relationship that she allegedly maintained with the ex-president.
“Some say that I was Kirchner’s lover. Cristina must have heard that,” said Quiroga to the magazine “Noticias.” “It was vox populi that I was the lover of Kirchner,” the ex-secretary added. In fact, their relationship was so close that it was speculated Quiroga’s daughter was Nestor Kirchner’s.
Quiroga knew Kirchner when she was a radio announcer in Caleta Olivia, and he was intendant of Rio Gallegos. Soon, she became his official spokesperson and his main informer. Today, she has been entirely removed from the Argentine government. She knows all the secrets of the ex-president and knows the privileged businesses of the Kirchners… and a great part of the Cabinet’s as well.
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s nightmare
It is this insider knowledge that has made Miriam Quiroga a nightmare for Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner — the current president of Argentina and widow of the late former President Kirchner. Weeks ago, the ex-secretary returned home to shake the government with her appearance on the Argentinean TV program “Journalism for All,” (“Periodismo Para Todos” in Spanish) in which she recounted — in full detail — how the Kirchner government kept public money in its personal vaults for its own enjoyment.
After more than 10 years in Kirchnerism, first in Santa Cruz and later in the House of Government, Quiroga felt they were “throwing her out like a dog” when she was finally dismissed from her post. She requested to speak with President Fernandez, but she never received a response.
Now, Quiroga has decided to tell her story in her tell-all book.
In the prologue, there is an explosive phrase attributed to Quiroga: “He was my love.” She supposedly said this when asked about the nature of her relationship with the ex-president.
Quiroga, who managed Kirchner’s agenda, accompanied him in each act and acted as a gatekeeper — public and private. She holds the key to many of the secrets of Kirchnerism. If a judge decided to ask her to declare some of the cases of corruption that the government accumulated throughout its management, her testimony could be the key to conviction. She was, according to her own words, an “all land secretary”
For the government, she represents a serious threat, as she possesses that amount of confidential knowledge, has been discarded, is now bitter, without protection and possesses an implacable hatred towards those who expelled her from her position.
This is Miriam Quiroga, the woman who knows the Kirchners’ secrets and is perhaps exposing all in her new book. Is Quiroga really safe now that her book — and who knows how many government secrets — have been released?