Dedos Muertos?

Jan 26th, 2011 | By Michel Marizco | Category: General News, Organized Crime
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This State Department cable out of Wikileaks caught my eye. 51 FBI informants and 10 DEA “liaison officers” were murdered in Mexico between 2007-09.

When we talk about American law enforcement in Mexico, we generally view the Americans as not being part of the game; for the most part, this has held true since the wars began.

But I wonder about these 61 informants and liaisons. Were the 51 also Mexican informants and therefore murdered for that connection or were they killed because of their ties to the Americans? Same for the 10 liaisons. Were they killed because they were Mexican intelligence officers or because they were working with the Americans?

The first would be consistent with the idea that the country’s narcos are going after law enforcement; 2007 to 2009 are the prime years when Arturo Beltrán Leyva was most active. But, if they targeted these people for their connections to the Americans, then that suggests something else – the Americans probably had a difficult time convincing others to work for them as a result. I wonder, a year later, how they’ve fared since.

I tripped over that Wikileaks cable while exploring the newest ones, the memos referencing the FBI interrogating detainees in Mexico. That one seemingly caught everybody’s eye in Mexico; the press is filled with the story. The short version is this: CISEN, the Mexican CIA, allowed FBI agents to interrogate foreign nationals captured in Mexico; the scope of their investigation being counter-terrorism.

Mexico’s Secretary of Immigration Salvador Beltrán, says that’s not true. Myself, I believe it is; and frankly, I believe it’s been the case for years. As far back as the 1980s, DEA agents were interrogating people in Mexico, including Mexicans, when they were looking for murdered DEA agent Enrique Camarena’s body. Years later, American agents were in the room with Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, when he was first arrested. Same goes for Osiel Cardenas. Americans have been involved in Mexico’s law enforcement infrastructure for at least, decades. Post-Sept. 11, it shouldn’t be a surprise that they’re still doing so.

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