By: Dr. Mario Melgar-Adalid
The recent Wikileaks document releases have captured the world’s attention. Reaction in Mexico has not been, with some exceptions, one of condemnation, but rather of curiosity. The document releases have not revealed any new information, or anything that has not been commented on in political columns, television news or in the media. For example, there is nothing new about the news that some Mexican governmental officials working in the public safety sector spoke with officials of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico about seriously exploring the idea of the governments of Mexico and the U.S. joining forces to initiate plans to rescue cities such as Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez or others, to give a signal to the rest of the country that the war against organized crime can indeed be won.
It is relevant that the document leaks have not damaged what is most important: the relation between Mexico and the United States. In this sense, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, stated that the relationship between the United States and Mexico is the most intense and vitally important relationship it has in the world. This will not change as a result of what has appeared in Wikileaks.
With regard to Mexico, current Secretary of Foreign Relations, Patricia Espinoza, indicated that the Mexican government knew the leaks would be released and that such information will not have significant consequences. It is clear that the leaks do not reflect the official position of the United States. It would be interesting to have the complete picture, knowing the diplomatic cables exchanged between diplomatic agents communicating between Mexico and the United States. Without question, such would reflect that the information being leaked is only partially complete, and in any event without any legal or political value. The official responses of the respective governments confirm that the relationship between the two countries is currently passing through a positive moment of trust and respect.
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