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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WikiLeaks and Mexico's Battle Against Drug Trafficking

"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

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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  1. It's amazing how those rape charges came out against WikiLeaks Julian Assange the minute he started to let the real stink out of the Pentagon closed bottle about how the US government lies, manipulates, and wages wars and occupations of other countries.


  2. Borderland Beat readers might be interested in this info about the charges against Assange...

    Assange lawyer speaks
    by Melbourne barrister James D. Catlin

    Apparently having consensual s-x in Sweden without a condom is punishable by a term of imprisonment of a minimum of two years for r-pe. That is the basis for a reinstitution of r-pe charges against WikiLeaks figurehead Julian Assange that is destined to make Sweden and its justice system the laughing stock of the world and dramatically damage its reputation as a model of modernity.

    Sweden’s Public Prosecutor’s Office was embarrassed in August this year when it leaked to the media that it was seeking to arrest Assange for r-pe, then on the same day withdrew the arrest warrant because in its own words there was “no evidence”. The damage to Assange’s reputation is incalculable. More than three quarters of internet references to his name refer to r-pe. Now, three months on and three prosecutors later, the Swedes seem to be clear on their basis to proceed. Consensual s-x that started out with a condom ended up without one, ergo, the s-x was not consensual.

    For three months Assange had been waiting in vain to hear whether media statements by and for the two female “victims” that there was no fear or violence were going to be embellished so the charges might be carried forward due to greater seriousness. Such statements would stop a r-pe charge in any Western country dead in its tracks. R-pe is a crime of violence, duress or deception. You can r-pe someone by deluding them into thinking you are someone else or by drugging them or by reason of their young age but essentially it’s a crime of violence.

    The women here are near to and over 30 and have international experience, some of it working in Swedish government embassies. There is no suggestion of drugs nor identity concealment. Far from it. Both women boasted of their celebrity connection to Assange after the events that they would now see him destroyed for.

    That further evidence hasn’t been confected to make the charges less absurd does Sweden no credit because it has no choice in the matter. The phenomena of social networking through the internet and mobile phones constrains Swedish authorities from augmenting the evidence against Assange because it would look even less credible in the face of tweets by Anna Ardin and SMS texts by Sofia Wilén boasting of their respective conquests after the “crimes”.

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  3. I cant wait to see what they have to say about the Mexican Drug War..

  4. the cat is gonna come out of the bag...i can't wait to see what the dirt is

  5. E-1 you stooped to a new low buddy, defending this piece of shit?

    I do not know if he is guilty as charged but posting what HIS DEFENSE ATTY is saying..hmmmm, yep he sure is unbiased. I do know two women who attended his seminar alledge this slug rape/molested them one says rape one says molested, you will have to clarify for me if molestation is rape if it lacks the use of a condom.

    Also...the sole reason he was not picked up was an error in the arrest documents; stating interpol is in Paris.

    I am more interested in the leaks. I am interested in seeing the guy prosecuted perhaps charged with espionage which applies to anyone anywhere that publishes docs that can compromise our national defense. However thats a two edged sword, Under the Espionage Act, the U.S. may hurt themselves even further as they may have to disclose additional classified docs under the rule of disclosure.

    Bottom line..I am with posted Anon 11:28
    I await the Mx connection

  6. Buela,I agree with you.If this guy was spying and overheard all that info and made it private or public,he would be guilty of treason.

  7. @ Jerry
    Not treason, he is not US citizen, but espionage is fair game. Having said that I am guilty of wanting to know what he has on a "major US bank" my guess Wells Fargo or B of A
    and the Mexico stuff....

  8. of course his defense attorney is gonna candy coat the charges, but i don't doubt that he could be smeared, for telling things,

    but my cynical side wonders who is paying him to do this ..or is he just a champion of truth as his mother far mom and lawyer defend him...hmmm...

    as much as i am in favor of the peoples right to know what our govt is doing , sometimes i wonder at the wisdom of exposing all one on the world political stage is a saint, and to pull only one pendejos pants down in public seems a little biased

    I am always suspicious of lawyers who strongly defend high profile seems like much of the time the client is guilty as hell and the lawyer makes a big show to gain publicity

    Assange loves the truth...what is the truth about him...time will tell

  9. come on buela get that blog goin so i can talk some trash..i am diein here..jajajja

  10. 'Buela said... E-1 you stooped to a new low buddy, defending this piece of shit'?

    'Buela, in this time where all our top US politicians have either condoned and/ or directly ordered overt use of what should be absolutely illegal--- torture use on American-held POWs--- you criticize me for pointing out how the charges against Assange seem to be totally bogus and are actually entirely politically motivated? Why? Have you been some great moral leader that has campaigned against the corruption of the US legal system and political through the years? Because our legal system is in even more corrupted condition than our US politics are.

    The campaign to stain Assange's standing in the public eye joins the campaigns to do the same with Scott Ritter, another vocal critic of US polices who did what he could to expose the lies of the US government. Look him up on wikipedia if you don't know about him... He has had to pursue his antiwar efforts of now almost 10 years under charges that he communicates with underage girls online.

    The game with Assange that the US government uses to persecute its political opposition is almost identical in its phony appearance IMO to the modus operandi against Ritter. Yet, this is simply a government that has no moral credibility as it deliberately murders innocent civilians repeatedly, tortures its prisoners and lies about it, and lies to the public about why it wages wars on foreign peoples.

    Doesn't that bother you some 'Buela? Doesn't that make you question the case they are making against Assange... some at least? I think that it should.


  11. Everyone know that US intelligence is in there and doing a good job. Just look at the number of arrest and killings of top cartel members just in the two months US intelligence have been really active. We are getting around the corrupt politicians and police men and tracking every lead. Everyday there will be more to come watch.

  12. Anyone capable of using a search engine should know for a fact that the US government has been on the wrong side of the law where banking and the narco trade goes. Assange may be viewed as a punk by some but I for one am glad someone is shining a light on my governments corrupt practices. Colonialism is still alive and well here in the USA and the Us citizens as well as the people of Mexico are the victims. Our government is fine with patting down kids in airports when it involves a company that leads back to millions of dollars and Micheal Chertoff. The politicians in DC are just as guilty for raping the American public. Fact is IF they really wanted to make a start on solving the problem they would secure the border rather than play games in the middle east. Some of us do not buy into the "god, guns and guts" mantra. Goeorge Bush and Bill Cinton were no moral pillars yet they both got voted into office by a nation who buys into media bullshit rather than truth or substance. Dissent IS the highest form of patriotism! Good for Assange for making these pricks squirm. Maybe some have forgotten the Contra arms scandal and negate the fact that we removed Noriega because he was making money they wanted, oddly enough most of the blow that comes from down south still gets safe passage through Panama. Planes, money, Banks, DEA, CIA and greedy politicains are all very relevant, Assange is just a sidebar. Anyone but me think a secure border might cut down on the rape of women at the hands of coyotes, or would that just be too simple a solution to put a stop to the shit that occurs daily while some suit pumps sunshine up your ass?

  13. Every one knows that Mexico is on the wrong side of the law in everything it does. Nothing is done in Mexico without a bribe or drug money. Again before you start blaming the US for all of Mexico problems why dont you start taking care of yourselves. Creat job, build road, etc things that every country does in the world except for mexico. Mexico has not created enough jobs for its people in over 100 years get with it.

  14. a secure border and sane immigration reform is the best way the USA can help Mexico..

    i do believe it is the duty of all Americans to keep an eye on our govt

    i do believe there are as many evil power hungry culeros running other countrys
    as there are evil assholes in our own government

    i do believe that if we are so egotistical as to think by commiting suicide that we will save the world that we will be sorely dissappointed

    what mystifys me is that some folks will decry to high heaven the crimes committed by the USA, they seem content to ignore the crimes done by other countrys

    I am personally more receptive to condemnations of ALL crimes committed against ALL people by ALL governments

    to responsibly monitor your governments activities is one thing, to do things to try to destroy your own country is an asinine endeavor

    i am always a bit suspicious of altruistic do gooders

    also my paranoid side wonders why this guy is allowed to live unless he is serving the purpose of the powerful in some way

    maybe he will be used as a justification for some sort of tightening of the control

  15. This may well be true, 'Brito...

    'i do believe there are as many evil power hungry culeros running other countrys as there are evil assholes in our own government'

    ...but they do not try to run other countries as well their own, like our evil power hungry US culeros do. PLUS, most all of the world's thug governments are allied, directed, and glued together by and with our US government/ industry culeros to boot. Wikileaks right now is letting out hidden info that illustrates just that, with info about how the Saudis, along with Israel and the US want to attack Iran, etc.etc. Let the secrets come out. Keep Julian Assange free and continuing to do his good work to expose these crooks!

    Unfortunately, 'Brito, you think as so many other Americans do, that to criticize these US government culeros somehow is showing a lack of patriotism. You are wrong though. Quite the contrary, because patriotism is much more in line with dissidence when merited, than simply following along as cheerleaders behind a reactionary government like the US one is, and has been for the longest time.


    Oh, one other thing about eh use of sex charges against US political dissidents. This has a long long sordid history. In fact, the FBI dictator J Edgar Hoover used this sort of thing to try to slander and stain Martin Luther King's rep, and the reputation of other political leaders, too. MLK ultimately was assassinated. Was hoover perhaps behind that and the assassination of so many Black panther leaders?

    Too bad that back then we didn't have a Julian Assange to let out the real truth about Hoover. While he was killing Black civil rights people, slandering them, and spying on them, he was also the biggest CLOSETED drag queen out there. If only we could have had then that sex secret of Hoover exposed instead of so many of Right Wing Americans actually loving Hoover and believing each and everyone of all his lies and slanders at the time, against politicians and dissidents he wanted to destroy. The US government still behaves just as badly as back then, and most especially the political police sections of it.

  16. Hey Brito I am with you buddy...
    I have some shit to vent....
    E1...many things bother me...I think I need to relax more, and may I suggest you as well? is part TWO of the WIKI LEAKS RE: MEXICO DRUG WAR




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