Leonardo Gleser, an Israeli-Argentinian who previously worked for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence, will be in charge of security for the World Cup 2014 and the Olympic Games 2016, both to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gleser’s resume goes beyond his work for Mossad. He officially leads the International Security and Defense System (ISDS), an Israeli multinational that has been accused of taking part in the destabilization of Manuel Zelaya’s government in Honduras, supposedly in collaboration with the United States and Israel. In this case, the ISDS was accused of kidnapping and disappearing 191 people. That is not the only unresolved case Gleser has in Latin America. In Peru, his multinational ISDS faced legal charges for irregular sales of weapons.
The 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics will not be the first times that Gleser takes charge of security for big events. He did the same job at Beijing Olympics in 2008. That appointment caused anger within pro-Arab organizations in Argentina, blaming him for repression of the Palestinian people.
Title: “Leonardo Gleser planificará la seguridad de Brasil 2014 y 2016”
Publication: El Diario del centro del país (Argentina)
Date of Publication: 7 February 2012
Title: “Argentina: denuncian peligrosa presencia de mercader de armas y golpista israelí”
Author: Panorama Alternativo
Date of Publication: 1 February 2012
Student Researcher: Pablo Sebastián Segura, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Faculty Evaluator: Luis Luján (Research Assistant) and Miguel Álvarez-Peralta (Research Assistant), Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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