Mexican president vows to protect military from US “espionage”
Mexico City, Apr 18 (EFE).- President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday that his government will protect confidential information of Mexico’s armed forces from the threat of “espionage” by the United States.
“We are going to take care of the information of the Navy Secretariat and the Defense Secretariat, because we are being an object of espionage by the Pentagon, and many media outlets in Mexico are leaking information given to them by the DEA (US Drug Enforcement Administration),” the president said at his daily morning press conference.
Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, raised the issue a day after denouncing a DEA operation to infiltrate the Sinaloa cartel without authorization from the Mexican government, as “abusive, arrogant interference.”
The DEA operation was revealed by Mexican newsweekly Proceso, while The Washington Post recently published a top secret Pentagon report about supposed rising tensions between Mexico’s navy and army due to AMLO’s expanding the army’s responsibilities.
“We have to take care of our international for national security and defending our sovereignty,” the leftist president said. “We must protect ourselves because the DEA is informing Proceso and others. Now it turns out the Pentagon informs The Washington Post, they hack.”
The document the Post published regarding internecine conflict in the Mexican military was part of the trove allegedly leaked by a member of the Massachusetts National Guard who was arrested last week.
AMLO again accused businessman and government opponent Claudio X. Gonzalez, the son of the CEO of Kimberly-Clark Mexico, of receiving money from the US for his efforts to undermine the current Mexican government.
“They are wanting to violate our sovereignty in a meddling plan, using as an instrument the bought or rented press of our country, the created interest groups, the conservative bloc, the corrupt,” he said.
His government, AMLO said, will not remain “with its arms crossed” in the face of leaks. EFE