“During the night of Tuesday, January 18, 2011, somewhere in England, a journalist send by Mexican newspaper la Jornada, received from the hands of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, a USB key with 2995 cables written in Mexico and sent to US State department with information that was, until this moment, confidential.”
These are the opening words of an article published on Media Telecom, on February 8 2013, by Carmen Aristegui F. under the title “México en Wikileaks”
Here is a summary, not a full translation, of this article:
This article exposes the impact of the cables in Mexico. It explains that La Jornada was the 6th newspaper to receive the cables after the 5 previous: Le Monde, El Pais, The guardian, the New York Times, Der Spiegel. La Jornada published during 18 months the information given by the cables. Then they decided to keep and publish the « memory of this journalistic adventure », by editing, under the direction of journalist Pedro Miguel, a book whose title is : « Mexico in Wikileaks, Wikileaks in La Jornada » It contains the articles published in the newspaper from February 11th, 2011 to August 24th last year.
When they began the publication of articles based on the cables, they realized that the other Mexican media were not interested, if not reluctant, to spread the information or find it by themselves. The publication of the book today is therefore another opportunity to highlight the revelations shown by the cables, which certainly could have had more impact if the political context in Mexico was of more democracy and accountability.
The main event was the angry reaction of President Felipe Calderon when he learnt what the ambassador Carlos Pascual was reporting to his government: The ambassador was resigned.
The cables showed that the ambassador had stated that the Mexican Army was slow, bureaucratic, and not willing to take risks in fighting the drug cartels. So he preferred support the action of the Mexican Navy, whom finally took the life of the head of the cartel in the Cuernavaca operation.
The cables showed also the very bad opinion of the ambassador about the government organization to struggle against organized crime or racketeering due to a lack of intelligence services and to the bad relations between the General Prosecutor and the chief of Police.
The ambassador also commented that president Calderon admitted in private serious strategical mistakes while denying them publicly. There was also contradictions between statements by the ambassador and his secretary about the presence of international terrorism in Mexico, and indications of relations of corruption between the politicians and the media.
Read the full article here (in Spanish): http://mediatelecom.com.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37417:mexico-en-wikileaks&catid=87:internet&Itemid=98
Update: Pedro Miguel will make a public presentation of his book on Sunday 24, February, at 11.30 in the Palacio de Mineria en Mexico.
Pedro Miguel has tweeted that Kristinn Hrafnsson will be there, and represent WikiLeaks.
Later, it appears that there will be a video link with Julian Assange from London and that the event could be live streamed.
Video where Pedro Miguel presents the event:
Follow Pedro Miguel @Navegaciones or La Jornada @lajornadaonline for updated info.