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US defends Soderberg appointment

File photo of US Nancy Soderberg.
File photo of US Nancy Soderberg.
File photo of US Nancy Soderberg.

The US Department of State has backed the appointment of Nancy Soderberg as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), saying her “responsibilities” as public servant are “not linked” with Argentina’s dispute with the holdouts, local Telam news agency reported.

Soderberg’s appointment last week lead president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to urge her counterpart Barack Obama to confirm whether Soderberg is also the Co-Chair of the American Task Force Argentina (ATFA), “an entity specifically created to attack and slander the Argentine Republic and its President," warning about “grave implications for relations” between the two countries.

A spokesperson of the US Department of State explained that the PIDB “is an advisory committee created by the Congress in 2000 to promote public access to official national security.”

“Ms. Soderberg is a private citizens who works part time in an advisory committe,” he added. “Her responsibilities in the PIDB are not linked to any activity she might have as a private citizen in Argentina’s dispute with bondholders.”

He pointed out that since the PIDB is a part time job, it is usual for its members to have other activities on the outside.

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