Earlier in the week Manzanares had made a news splash by estimating the money stolen by the Kirchners at around US$ 10 billion, asserting that he had carried suitcases containing US$ two million at a time to the house of the parents-in-law of current defendant Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. He himself had had up to US$ 20-30 million in his own home at times, he alleged. Manzanares also pointed a finger at the Kirchners’ late presidential secretary Daniel Muñoz as a key figure in the money-laundering.
In ordering his release, the judges ruled out any flight risk. Since his arrest Manzanares has entered a witness protection programme.