Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto: His attempts to differentiate

himself from his predecessor Felipe Calderon may fall flat unless he

shows more spine on the issue of NSA surveillance, stands up for

Mexico's sovereignty and demands an end to U.S. surveillance.



Latest NSA Leak Puts President Nieto's Credibility at Stake (La Jornada, Mexico)


"This provides added incentive for the present government to adopt a more assertive and forceful attitude toward the neighboring country, and to demand the immediate cessation of spying, an exhaustive explanation of the ways and means with which it has been practiced, and proof that all information obtained through these illicit channels has been destroyed."




Translated by Vicky Latham


October 23, 2013


Mexico – La Jornada – Original Article (Spanish)

According to a secret document of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA for its English acronym), leaked by former consultant Edward Snowden and published yesterday by German news magazine Der Spiegel, in May 2010, the NSA managed to hack into a central server within the Mexican presidential network and gain access to the public e-mail account of former President Felipe Calderón. That account, which was also used by several cabinet members, contained "diplomatic, economic and leadership communications that permitted ongoing insight into Mexico's political system and internal stability." Its hacking provided, "a lucrative source" of information to the NSA.


The revelation compliments last month’s disclosures by TV Globo - published in Mexico by this newspaper, that in 2012, the U.S. spy agency boasted of maintaining a strict watch over the communications of then-presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, and is concrete confirmation of Washington’s widespread and systematic interference into the confidential information of many of the world’s governments.


The novelty then, strictly speaking, is not that the government of our neighboring country infiltrates the internal communications of Mexican institutions, but that it was done during the rule of one of the lamest and most submissive of Mexico’s Federal Administrations. In fact, over the past six years, the presidency has practically put the direction of public safety as well as the corresponding information directly into the hands of Washington, as was shown by the State Department cables WikiLeaks handed this newspaper, and which were published in these pages in 2011.


These documents showed, for example, that in January 2007, Calderon's Public Security Secretary Genaro García Luna, offered Michael Chertoff - who at the time was responsible for U.S. Homeland Security, “free access to our intelligence on public safety” (La Jornada, 05/25/11, p. 2). Other revelations include the U.S. Embassy’s participation in the formulation and implementation of police and military strategies (see, for example, La Jornada, 03/05/11, p.4).


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Even before that exasperating submission to the authorities of the neighboring country, the NSA maintained illegal monitoring over the electronic communications of Los Pinos [the presidential residence]. This gives an idea of the damage done to national sovereignty, not only by the docility of Calderón himself to the U.S. government, but by the regular espionage that was maintained at all times against Mexico's presidential entourage.

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The above provides added incentive for the present government to adopt a more assertive and forceful attitude toward the neighboring country, and to demand the immediate cessation of spying, an exhaustive explanation of the ways and means with which it has been practiced, and proof that all information obtained through these illicit channels has been destroyed. Without such an attitude, any attempt by the present administration to differentiate itself from the previous one in terms of sovereignty and public security will lack credibility, and the institutions and citizens of Mexico will remain subject to the unpunished theft of their data by government agencies of the United States.


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