WikiLeaks Highlight Concerns About Juárez Drug Abuse, Mexican Drug Wars…EPTimes

Many of the Wikileaks revelations about Juarez were detailed in earlier reports (from 2012) in the Narco News Bulletin:

Mexican Diplomat Traded Secrets with Private Intel Firm Stratfor, WikiLeaks Documents Reveal

Mexican Special Forces Employed as Death Squads in Drug War, Email Records Released by WikiLeaks Reveal

This current info is from the El Paso Times.

WikiLeaks Highlight Concerns About Juárez Drug Abuse, Mexican Drug Wars

Drug addiction in Juárez represents a daily drug-trafficking market of about $2.3 million, according to files disclosed by online whistleblower WikiLeaks.

The leaked file cites a Mexican official who is referred to only as “MX-1.” During a meeting with U.S. and Mexican officials, the official identified as MX-1 said “that Juárez has a drug abuse problem which amounts to about 30 million pesos a day.”

“It’s a 30 million peso a day market for Juárez, with anywhere from 2,000 to 2,500 individuals,” MX-1 said. “He (MX-1) added, for example, they know that most of the people that are participating in the kidnappings are addicts,” according to the leaked file…

U.S. role at a crossroads in Mexico’s intelligence war on the cartels…Washington Post

I recommend careful reading of this article by Dana Priest of the Washington Post…  A few paragraphs are highlighted. There is also an excellent graphic at the link showing the very small number of Mexican military and police killed since 2006…the number is significant, but not when compared to the 100,000+ civilians killed and the 25,000+ disappeared.

After reading this article, I’m struck by this sub-headline below: Violence deepened ties

I think we should ask: “Did the violence deepen tie (between Mexican and US security forces) OR did the deepened ties increase the violence??

The article confirms many of the operations revealed by the Wikileaks files on Mexico and covered in detail by Narco News Bulletin. The article also describes some detail about the long-standing and extremely close relationship between Mexican security forces (especially CISEN) and the CIA dating back to the 1980s. The information on US drones being used in Mexican security operations is especially interesting and troubling…I highlighted the paragraphs on the lack of effects on the supply and price of heroin, cocaine and other drugs in the US, despite the extremely high number of Mexican deaths. The main thing missing from the article is any hint that there is no information to be able to determine that the dead are indeed cartel criminals. But, we can’t have everything.
Read the article… comments welcome.  molly


Guatemala can’t confirm fight, much less dead Chapo…

The Guatemalan minister of interior has retracted his statements from yesterday referring to a confrontation between police and narcos in El Peten and the possible death of Chapo Guzman…  He says now that he cannot even confirm that a confrontation occurred.
Meanwhile, The Atlantic Wire takes it all seriously. But of course Stratfor and Wikileaks revealed the presence of Chapo in El Peten long ago… This is just an example of the twitterizing of news (IMO)…  Even if there were a confrontation, and even if the actual person who is Chapo Guzman were killed, what difference would it make to the systematic problems of crime, violence and non-functioning justice system in Mexico? And/or in Guatemala…

US Embassy Documents Confirm Televisa-Peña Nieto Deal in Mexico–Narco News Bulletin

Narco News broke the story last night that US Embassy cables released by
Wikileaks confirm the allegations of manipulation of Mexican political
races by Televisa and other media… Although this political tactic is
being portrayed in international media as some new scandal, it has been a
part of Mexican politics and media for a long time…Note this quote from
one of the cables: “Journalists and their bosses have been more or less
free to engage in the time-honoured Mexican electoral tradition of selling
favourable print and broadcast coverage to candidates and parties>

Go to the Narco News link to get links to the original cables.  The
Guardian version of the story is also posted below… molly