Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013

Oops!

Uruguay leader caught in open mic incident

Oops!

Jose Mujica and Cristina Kirchner

Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica was left red-faced Thursday after disparaging remarks apparently aimed at Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner and her late husband were picked up by an open microphone.
Buenos Aires swiftly responded with an official protest, calling the comments “unacceptable.”
“This old hag is worse than the cross-eyed man,” Mujica was caught saying at the start of a news conference while speaking quietly with another official.
El Observador newspaper, which posted the audio on its website, said Mujica was referencing the Kirchners and did not realize that the microphones were already on.
Nestor Kirchner died suddenly of a heart attack in 2010 and had a lazy eye.
Word of the slip-up shut down the paper’s website, which recorded historic traffic, according to the outlet’s digital content manager.
The comment also quickly gained traction on social media.
An hour later, Mujica told the online version of La Republica newspaper that he had not talked about Argentina and was not going to clarify anything.