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Snowden Releases New Documents Revealing US Spying on Mexico
The United States has been using PRISM and other surveillance programs to monitor emails, voice calls and online chats in Mexico, Brazil and other counties in the region, reports Brazilian newspaper O Globo. The paper’s report is based on documents released to it by former CIA and NSA analyst Edward Snowden.
According to O Globo, the US’ primary interest in Mexico is intelligence gathering on narco-tracking and “energy,” although its not clear if this refers to Pemex’s proposed energy reform.
The report also mentions Mexico as one four countries in the region where the NSA operates a spy center, information previously reported by Proceso.
WikiLeaks files published in La Jornada in 2011 revealed former president Calderón gave almost complete free range of Mexico’s national intelligence to the FBI, DEA, ATF and other US agencies operating in Mexican territory while he was in office.
Enrique Peña Nieto reportedly ended many of his predecessor’s close ties with US intelligence agencies soon after taking office in December. The Washington Post reported in April that EPN closed a major DEA intelligence center operating in Monterrery, Nuevo León, that had been running since at least the Calderón administration.