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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:29 PM

US played role in blocking general from becoming Mexican defence minister

US played role in blocking general from becoming Mexican defence minister

A contender to be Mexico’s defence minister failed to get the job after Washington raised concerns about his links to drug traffickers

Wednesday, 06 February, 2013, 12:00am
The New York Times in Mexico City, Washington and New York

As Mexico's military staged its annual Independence Day parade in September, spectators filled the main square of Mexico City to cheer on the armed forces. Some 3,000 kilometres away in Washington, US officials were also paying attention.

But it was not the helicopters hovering overhead or the anti-aircraft weapons or the soldiers in camouflage that caught their attention. It was the man chosen to march at the head of the parade, General Moises Garcia Ochoa, who by tradition typically becomes the country's next minister of defence.

The Obama administration had many concerns about the general, from the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) suspicion that he had links to drug traffickers to the Pentagon's anxiety that he had misused military supplies and skimmed money from multimillion-dollar defence contracts.

In the days leading up to Mexico's presidential inauguration on December 1, the US ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne, met senior aides to President Enrique Pena Nieto to express alarm at the general's possible promotion. That back-channel communication provides a rare glimpse into the US government's deep involvement in Mexican security affairs.

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http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1143887/us-played-role-blocking-general-becoming-mexican-defence-minister

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