"One might expect that such communications would shed light on how the U.S really sees the violence in Mexico and the drug war, beyond the official discourse and the praises that Calderon sings in public. … What surprises are in store for Mexico from these leaks? Certainly a lot, and certainly, we'll learn much more from these documents than from official Mexican government sources."
El Universal, Mexico
By Salvador Garcia Soto
Translated By Florizul Acosta-Perez
Posted by WORLDMEETS.US
In the leaks of WikiLeaks, the greatest diplomatic scandal of recent times, the name of Mexico and its relationship with the U.S. will soon emerge, when the contents of the 2,285 cables issued by the U.S. Embassy in our country start to be revealed. In large part, they refer to the war on drugs taking place with the sponsorship of Washington on Mexican territory.
Yesterday, the German magazine Der Spiegel was the first to mention Mexico as one of the countries cited in the cables that lay bare the foreign policy of the State Department. Also yesterday, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper El País, Javier Moreno, confirmed that the leaks touch on, “the fundamental these in Mexico right now, the war against narco-trafficking.”
What can one say about these cables sent by U.S. government diplomats and spies in Mexico? A lot.
Judging by what appears in the communications of U.S. embassies in other countries - these letters, notes, files and memoranda - we can say that these are situations and themes that aren’t part of the official discourse of bilateral relations. In fact, the scandal that has erupted around the world, and which forced Hillary Clinton and President Obama to personally handle the issue yesterday, is because many of the leaks have to do with intelligence gathering, at times due to espionage carried out against both governments and important political figures.
One might expect that such communications would shed light on how the U.S really sees the violence in Mexico and the drug war, beyond the official discourse and the praises that Calderon sings in public. For instance, do the cables mention what's going on behind the scenes of the Merida Initiative and the commitments made by the Calderon government? Do those communications say anything about the staff presence of U.S. agencies like the CIA, FBI and DEA, or the operation of an espionage center on the Paseo de la Reforma? [the Paseo de la Reforma is a boulevard that runs through Mexico City].
It will be necessary to check and see if in some of those communications, are mentioned the sending of elite-trained U.S. forces to Mexico, subcontracted by private companies like Blackwater, and who participate in the anti-drug and security operations of the Mexican Navy. What we know so far, is that of the 2,285 cables emitted by embassies to Washington, 159 were from the Monterrey Consulate, 78 concern the Nogales Consulate, 10 regard the Juarez Consulate, 32 the Guadalajara Consulate, 27 the Tijuana Consulate, 19 concern the Hermosillo Consulate, 7 the Matamoros Consulate, 5 the Nuevo Laredo Consulate and three from the consulate in Merida, among others.
Founder, spokesperson and editor in chief of WikiLeaks Julian Assange: While his organization's latest data dump is more gossip than news, he and WikiLeaks appear to be in much more hot water than they were after releasing Iraq and Afghanistan war logs.
BBC NEWS AUDIO: 'New York Times' executive editor Bill Keller has justified the newspaper's decision to publish the confidential reports published by Wikileaks, Nov. 30, 00:02:58
Mexico-El Universal-Original article (Spanish)
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