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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Vázquez Mota blames PRI for leak of telephone conversation in which she voices suspicions that federal public safety minister is recording her

National Action Party presidential candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota this week blamed the Institutional Revolutionary Party for leaking her telephone conversations. In the latest leaked conversation, she wonders why federal public safety minister Genaro García Luna is recording her phone calls but not those of drug trafficker Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. She also blames President Calderón's spokeswoman, Alejandra Sota, for leaking the conversations. Calderón also is a member of the PAN.

Later, however, Vázquez Mota blamed the PRI for the leaks, and Interior Minister Alejandro Poiré said the government is not secretly recording politicians' phone calls. Such wiretapping was a hallmark of the PRI when it ran the government until the year 2000, when the PAN's Vicente Fox was elected president.

Democratic Revolution Party candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador also entered the fray, saying the PAN-led government is engaging in the same dirty tricks of the PRI, espionage, but without intelligence.

Previous leaks damaged Vázquez Mota during her campaign for the PAN nomination, but not enough to cause her to lose to former Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero.

Story, El Economista. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, Milenio.
La Crónica story on the leaks.

Columnist Eduardo Ruiz-Healy wonders how Vázquez Mota can blame the PRI when she blames the Calderón administration on the leaked tape and why she curses Sota in the leaked conversation but now calls Sota her friend. Ruiz-Healy's column (PDF).