Investigation into U.S. spying demanded


Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade, speaking in Geneva, said Washington_s explanations were insufficient. "Mex...


Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade, speaking in Geneva, said Washington_s explanations were insufficient. "Mexico insists ... there is no room for explanations," he said. "But, rather, a timely investigation with clear responsibilities and swift corrective measures."

A short time later, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong went before TV cameras in Mexico City to announce that Mexico would investigate its officials, in addition to expecting Washington to look into its own possible transgressions.

Until now, Mexico_s complaints had been largely limited to news releases, so it was unusual to see two senior officials speak out on the matter. Some analysts suggested that the government was attempting to evince a tougher stance after criticism that it had reacted too mildly.

In early September, President Enrique Pe__a Nieto said that President Obama promised him an inquiry into the alleged spying revealed by former National Security Agency contract analyst Edward Snowden. Reports in the Brazilian news media at the time said Pe__a Nieto_s emails were hacked by NSA surveillance before he assumed the presidency in__ December.

Over the weekend, a second disclosure came when the German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the alleged spying also extended to Pe__a Nieto_s predecessor, Felipe Calderon, during his administration -- a government marked by extraordinarily close ties to Washington.

Calderon, via his Twitter account, said he was appalled. _More than personal, this is an affront to the institutions of the nation,_ he said, calling on Meade to convey his _most forceful protest_ to the U.S. government.

In both the Calderon and Pe__a Nieto cases, the alleged hacking purportedly tapped into the men_s emails as well as those of other Cabinet officials.

Meade suggested that plenty of time had transpired for the Obama administration to have conducted an investigation.

_Obama gave his word there would be an investigation,_ Meade said. The alleged spying _was an abuse of the trust built between partner countries, and dishonors [their] historic friendship._

Osorio said the Mexican government would determine whether its officials _intentionally or by omission, negligence or any other motive_ made sensitive Mexican communications vulnerable to spies. The Pe__a Nieto administration, from its first day in office, has strengthened the security of communications and networks to guard against hacking and other outside surveillance, Osorio said.

Los Angeles Times | By Tracy Wilkinson

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