The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, He denied this Friday that his administration had carried out any espionage against one of his opposition sectors, the National Anti-AMLO Front (FRENAAA).
And it is that today, the newspaper The universal noted that the Government of Mexico, Through the National Intelligence Center (CNI), it has a specific monitoring of the movements carried out by the National Front, headed by Gilberto Lozano.
“That is not true, they are newspaper clippings, nobody is spied on in the Government, it is no longer like before, no political leader, that is the instruction that has been given”, declared the president before the media.
“We do not carry out espionage actions carried out by the old regime against any of our adversaries, we are not the same as the previous ones”, added.
López Obrador acknowledged that they have no problem with the release of all the available information by the National Intelligence Center (CNI).
“All information (that is released) does not affect national security at all. The government’s actions must be more transparent and public, we have no interest, transparency must be a golden rule ”, declared the head of the Executive.
The Mexican president pointed out that he had no knowledge of this supposed espionage: “no, because it is not carried out”.
According to the post, The Mexican newspaper made a request for information to clarify the facts, for which the intelligence agency delivered five reports containing general information on said opposition movement. The text emphasizes that the documents received are of low quality and have been tested.
The newspaper indicates that the information provided is general, it does not provide details, since it is reserved for “national security”, of the actions carried out by the CNI to follow up.
WHAT IS THE CNI?
The National Intelligence Center was created on November 30, 2018 to replace the Center for Research and National Security (CISEN), when the reforms to the Organic Law of the Federal Public Administration; that his predecessor disappeared at the proposal of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, assumed the functions of the same, but now under the supervision of the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection, and preserving the functions established in the National Security Law.
Among the responsibilities of the Center is to propose prevention, deterrence, containment and deactivation of risks and threats that seek to violate the territory, sovereignty, national institutions, democratic governance or the rule of law. Obtaining specialized information whose purpose is to provide inputs to the decision-making processes related to the design and execution of the strategy, policies and actions in matters of National Security.
It should be noted that during his presidential campaign López Obrador criticized the practices of the past and neoliberal governments, that is, the monitoring and espionage carried out by CISEN against civil organizations, activists or even journalists. However, the transformation of CISEN into the CNI has been predominantly a change of image, with the CNI maintaining the powers, structure and personnel of CISEN. A notable exception to this is the structural modification it underwent when it came under the control of the renewed Ministry of Security, instead of the Ministry of the Interior.
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