Count me exasperated with the way the Aponte^2 scandal is shaking out. Basically, what we have here is a self-confessed criminal making a bunch of airy, generic allegations, all of them unsubstantiated, all of them unhinged from any specific evidence.
I do grasp that, by any estimation, the man is a raging idiot, so it was probably too much to hope he would ground any of his allegations in verifiable evidence.
Pear distribution was never a part of this particular Elm Tree’s business model. And even if he’d had a pear tucked away somewhere, the lamentable SoiTV team that got to him first certainly had no idea how to get at them.
Still, you’d think in 13 years Aponte-Squared could’ve squirrelled away at least one piece of corroborating evidence for the mountain of trash he set out to talk about his old pals. An email, say…or a taped conversation or phone message. A thank you note. A payment slip, or tracking number for a wire transfer to a foreign account. Something, anything, that could be matched up to reality so we could quickly and unambiguously establish that, on this one thing at least, this confessed crook was telling the truth.
No such luck.
So, instead, now when chavismo responds that Aponte-Bis is just making it all up as part of a gringo conspiracy to undermine the revolution, it’s a he-said-she-said situation. If you’re opposition-leaning, you believe the revelations, if you’re government-leaning, you don’t. Given the total absence of corroborating evidence, there’s nothing to break the tie.
The question, now, is who’s going to go out and do the leg-work to run down Aponte-TwoTimes’s leads? Who’s going to track down the guy who traded testimony against Mazuco for a get out of jail free card? Who’s going to document the supposed Friday meetings at the vice presidency?
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?