In the middle of the electoral process a document about Fox and his team that was presumably completed by Cisen circulated among members of the Mexican intelligence community, which was never discredited.For a couple of reasons, this is different from the recent scandal surrounding Cisen spying on opposition politicians. First, the Fox report includes a piece of information that truly could be of importance to Mexico's security. Most of the recent reports covered more less sinister info, like connections between Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Barack Obama. Second, this took place in 2000, while the PRI was still in power. As Abelardo Rodríguez demonstrates en La Urgente Seguridad Democrática, during the 70 years of one-party rule, the intelligence agencies conceived of national security as the security of the ruling regime. One would would hope that Mexico's democratic opening would have brought with it a broadened perspective in the intelligence community, but the most recent Cisen scandal makes you suspect that it hasn't.
Titled VFQ [Vicente Fox Quezada]. Life and Work, the report signals that José Luis Reyes has been linked to the Fox family for 25 years, in Guanajuato he had functioned as the representative of the PGR when Fox was governor. This coincided, the document indicates, with the arrival, during the same period, of the kingpin Juan José Esparragoza to the region.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I came across an older example of Cisen spying on opposition in politicians in Narcotrafico: El Gran Desafío de Calderón, by Alejandro Gutiérrez.