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EXPEDIENTE MEDICO DE CALDERON, EN MANOS DE NARCOS CABLE 09MEXICO133

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Enero, 2009. Un cable revela que el expediente médico de Felipe Calderón fue entregado a un cártel del narcotráfico. El despacho fue redactado con motivo de la detención del mayor Arturo González Rodríguez, miembro del Estado Mayor Presidencial, ocurrida en los últimos días de 2008.

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En manos de cárteles del narco, datos confidenciales de Felipe Calderón. Publicado el 21 de febrero, 2011.

Fecha: 20 de enero, 2009 Emisor: Embajada de Estados Unidos en México Destinatario: Secretaria de Estado Clave: 09MEXICO133 Clasificación: Secreto

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MEDICO DE CALDERON, EN MANOS DE NARCOS CABLE 09MEXICO133 SNAR (Narcotics), MX (Mexico) SUBJECT: MEXICAN ARMY

SNAR (Narcotics), MX (Mexico) SUBJECT: MEXICAN ARMY MAJOR ARRESTED FOR ASSISTING DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS

Classified By: Polcouns Charles Barclay. Reasons 1 4 (b) and (d).

1. (C) SUMMARY: A mid-level Mexican army major was arrested in late December 2008 for

assisting drug traffickers and providing them with limited information about the activities and travel plans of Mexican President Felipe Calderon. According to an informant, the cartels were using the information to avoid heightened security around the president, not to target him personally. The arrest represents the most serious security breach to date but is not surprising

given high-level civilian Government of Mexico (GOM) corruption charges over the past six months. While the case demonstrates that the Mexican Secretariat of Defense (SEDENA) failed to properly investigate and oversee an officer who was involved in providing security for the president, it nevertheless indicates that the military is serious about combating corruption. Although the major was not part of the president's inner circle, it also shows that the cartels succeeded in infiltrating a significant area of the GOM's security apparatus. END SUMMARY.

1. (C) RESUMEN: Un Mayor nivel medio del ejército mexicano fue detenido a finales de diciembre

de 2008 para ayudar a los traficantes de drogas y proporcionarles información limitada sobre las actividades y planes de viaje del Presidente Felipe Calderón. Según un informante, los cárteles estaban usando la información para evitar una mayor seguridad en torno al presidente, no a él en lo personal como objetivo. El arresto representa la más grave violación de la seguridad hasta la fecha, pero no es sorprendente dado el alto nivel civil de acusaciones de corrupción del Gobierno de México (GOM), en los últimos seis meses. Mientras el caso demuestra que la Secretaría Mexicana de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA) no investiga adecuadamente y supervisa a un oficial que participa en brindar seguridad al Presidente, sin embargo, indica que los militares se toman en serio la lucha contra la corrupción. Aunque el Mayor no formaba parte del círculo íntimo del Presidente, sino que también muestra que los cárteles logran filtrarse en un área significativa de los aparatos de seguridad del GOM. FINAL DEL RESUMEN.

2. (SBU) Mid-level Mexican Army Major Arturo Gonzalez Rodriguez was arrested the week of

December 21, 2008, for allegedly assisting Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTO) for USD 100K a month. Gonzalez had been assigned to the Estado Mayor (Presidential Protective Division), the unit responsible for protecting Mexico's president, to secure the periphery around the president's location. Based on statements from a former cartel member turned witness code- named "Jennifer," PGR has accused Gonzalez of passing information related to the activities and travel plans of Mexican President Felipe Calderon to the Arturo Beltran Leyva organization (ABLO). Gonzalez also stands accused of leaking military intelligence, training ABLO hit men through a private security company and supplying military weapons to various DTOs, including los Zetas.

2. (SBU) El mayor de nivel medio del Ejército Mexicano Arturo González Rodríguez fue arrestado la

semana del 21 de Diciembre de 2008, por presuntamente ayuda a las organizaciones mexicanas de tráfico de drogas (DTO) por $100 K por mes. González había sido asignado al Estado Mayor (División de Protección Presidencial), la unidad responsable de proteger al Presidente de México, para asegurar el perímetro de la ubicación del presidente. Basado en declaraciones de un miembro

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MEDICO DE CALDERON, EN MANOS DE NARCOS CABLE 09MEXICO133 del cártel anterior, convertido en testigo con

del cártel anterior, convertido en testigo con nombre “Jennifer”, la PGR acuso a González de pasar información relacionada con las actividades y planes de viaje del presidente mexicano Felipe Calderón a la organización de Arturo Beltrán Leyva (ABLO. González es también acusado de fugas de inteligencia militar, entrenamiento a sicarios de HABLO a través de una empresa de seguridad privada y el suministro de armas militares a diversas organizaciones narcotraficantes entre ellos Los Zetas.

3. (C) In light of high-level civilian Government of Mexico (GOM) corruption charges over the past

months, this case is disturbing but certainly not shocking. GOM sources sought to downplay the seriousness of the breach, but the revelation that Gonzalez was providing intelligence and materials to ABLO represented a double blow to the GOM. First, the fact that a member of an army unit responsible for protecting the president was passing information about presidential movements to the cartels exposes a gap in Calderon's security detail. While it is not known what specific information Gonzalez had access to, or what exact details he was passing to the cartels, this is a significant security breach. PGR Senior Advisor Oscar Rocha told Poloff that, even though Gonzalez was not/not one of the president's personal guards, he had access to the president's movements to facilitate his unit's forward deployments. However, given that not all batallions are deployed at any given event, the major likely only had partial information for a relatively short period of time about the president's movements. According to PGR, the informant Jennifer has said the cartels were tracking the president's movements with the intent of avoiding the high level of government security that surrounds the president, but had no specific plan to target Calderon.

3. (C) A la luz de alto nivel del Gobierno Civil de los cargos de corrupción de México (GOM) en los últimos meses, este caso es preocupante, pero ciertamente no sorprendente. Fuentes del GOM trataron de restar importancia a la gravedad de la infracción, pero la revelación que González estaba proporcionando y materiales para HABLO representaba un doble golpe para el Gobierno de México (GOM). En primer lugar, el hecho de que un miembro de una unidad del ejército responsable de proteger al Presidente pasaba información sobre movimientos presidenciales a los cárteles expone una brecha en el detalle de la seguridad de Calderón. Si bien no se sabe que información específica es a la que tenía acceso González, o qué detalles exactos pasaba a los cárteles, se trata de una violación de seguridad importante. Asesor de la PGR Oscar Rocha dijo a Poloff, que a pesar de que González no era uno de los guardias personales del Presidente, tenía acceso a los movimientos del presidente para facilitar los despliegues futuros de su unidad. Sin embargo, dado que no todos los batallones se despliegan en cualquier evento, la mayor probabilidad tenía sólo información parcial durante un período relativamente corto de tiempo sobre los movimientos del Presidente. Según la PGR, el informante Jennifer ha dicho que los cárteles estaban siguiendo los movimientos del Presidente con la intención de evitar el alto nivel de seguridad del gobierno que rodea al Presidente, pero no tenía un plan específico para apuntar a Calderón.

4. (SBU) The second unsettling aspect of the case is that Gonzalez apparently had been on the

cartel payroll since 2005, during which time he held different positions in the government. As he changed assignments, he was kept on as a cartel asset, and the nature of his involvement with the cartels changed. It is entirely feasible that he fed information on other departments of the army (not just the Presidential Protective Division) over the course of his three-year relationship with the cartels.

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MEDICO DE CALDERON, EN MANOS DE NARCOS CABLE 09MEXICO133 4. (SBU) El Segundo aspecto inquietante del

4. (SBU) El Segundo aspecto inquietante del caso es que González aparentemente había estado en

la nómina del cártel desde 2005, tiempo durante el cual ocupó diversos cargos en el gobierno. Al cambiar las asignaciones, se mantuvo en el cartel como activo, y cambió la naturaleza de su relación con los cárteles. Es totalmente factible que alimentó de información de otros departamentos del Ejército (no sólo de la División de Protección Presidencial) en el transcurso de su relación de tres años con los cárteles.

5. (S/NF) RSO shared threat information with the Presidential Protective Division regarding threats against the life of President Calderon from DTOs. One source advised that Calderon's medical file was passed to a DTO by a corrupt member of Calderon's inner circle. Regarding the arrest of Major Gonzalez, General Cuevas, the second in command of the Presidential Protective Division, was not overly concerned as he stated that the major did not have close access to the president.

5. (S/NF) RSO compartió información sobre amenazas con la División de Protección Presidencial

sobre las amenazas contra la vida del Presidente Calderón de DTOs. Una fuente informó que el expediente médico de Calderón se pasó a un DTO por un miembro del círculo íntimo de Calderón. En cuanto a la detención del comandante González, el general Cuevas, el segundo al mando de la División de Protección Presidencial, no estaba demasiado preocupado como él indicó que el mayor no tenía acceso cercano al presidente.

6. (C) COMMENT: One of the primary reasons the GOM relies on the military to fight the cartels is the perception that the military is considerably less corrupt than the state and local police forces. But this case -- along with other military corruption arrests in 2008 -- reaffirms that members of the Mexican military also are prone to corruption. Security expert Raul Benitez told Poloff that this case represents an intelligence failure on the part of the Secretariat of Defense (SEDENA) as it had cleared this individual for the assignment. On the upside, SEDENA ultimately uncovered the criminal behavior and took action. According to the Embassy's Defense Attache Office (DAO), SEDENA recognizes the danger of corruption in the military in its fight against narcotrafficking, particularly in the garrisons out in the countryside. To counter that threat, SEDENA administers a program of counter-intelligence (excluding the Presidential Protective Division) and has begun, under the Calderon administration, rotating units in from the outside in joint operations with local units. Just as with other institutions engaged in the drug war, DAO believes that the cartels are reaching out to the military with offers some cannot refuse. Although the army major was not part of the president's inner circle, this case demonstrates that the cartels were able to extend their intelligence network to those charged with protecting his personal security. END COMMENT.

6. (C) COMENTARIO: Una de las principales razones que el GOM se basa en las fuerzas armadas para luchar contra los cárteles es la percepción de que las fuerzas armadas están considerablemente menos corruptas que el estado y las fuerzas policiales locales. Pero en este caso, junto con otras detenciones de corrupción militar en 2008 reafirman que los miembros del ejército mexicano también son propensos a la corrupción. El experto en seguridad Raúl Benítez dijo a Poloff que este caso representa una falla de inteligencia por parte de la Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA), ya que se había despejado a esta persona para el trabajo. En el lado positivo, la SEDENA finalmente descubrió el comportamiento criminal y tomo medidas. Según la Oficina del Agregado de la Defensa de la Embajada (DAO), la SEDENA reconoce el peligro de la corrupción en las fuerzas armadas en su lucha contra el narcotráfico, sobre todo en las guarniciones fuera en el

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MEDICO DE CALDERON, EN MANOS DE NARCOS CABLE 09MEXICO133 campo. Para contrarrestar esta amenaza, la SEDENA

campo. Para contrarrestar esta amenaza, la SEDENA administra un programa de contra- inteligencia (excluyendo la División de Protección Presidencial) y se ha iniciado, durante el gobierno de Calderón, las unidades en rotación desde el exterior en operaciones conjuntas con las unidades locales. Al igual que con otras instituciones dedicadas a la lucha contra la droga, DAO considera que los cárteles están tratando de llegar a los militares con ofertas que algunos no pueden negarse. Aunque el mayor del ejército no formaba parte del círculo íntimo del Presidente, este caso demuestra que los cárteles fueron capaces de extender su red de inteligencia a los encargados de la protección de su seguridad personal. COMENTARIO FINAL.

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Enero, 2009. Un cable revela que el expediente médico de Felipe Calderón fue entregado a un

cártel del narcotráfico. El despacho fue redactado con motivo de la detención del mayor Arturo González Rodríguez, miembro del Estado Mayor Presidencial, ocurrida en los últimos días de

2008.

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Fecha: 20 de enero, 2009

Emisor: Embajada de Estados Unidos en México

Destinatario: Secretaria de Estado

Clave: 09MEXICO133

Clasificación: Secreto

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/16/2019 TAGS: PGOV (Internal Governmental Affairs), PINR (Intelligence), PREL (External Political Relations), SNAR (Narcotics), MX (Mexico) SUBJECT: MEXICAN ARMY MAJOR ARRESTED FOR ASSISTING DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS

Classified By: Polcouns Charles Barclay. Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

1. (C) SUMMARY:

A mid-level

Mexican army major was arrested in late December 2008 for assisting drug traffickers and providing them with limited information about the activities and travel plans of Mexican President Felipe Calderon. According to an informant, the cartels were using the information to avoid heightened security around the president, not to target him personally. The arrest represents the most serious security breach to date but is not surprising given high-level civilian Government of Mexico (GOM) corruption charges over the past six months. While the case demonstrates that the Mexican Secretariat of Defense (SEDENA) failed to properly investigate and oversee an officer who was involved in providing security for the president, it nevertheless indicates that the military is serious about combating corruption. Although the major was not part of the president's inner

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MEDICO DE CALDERON, EN MANOS DE NARCOS CABLE 09MEXICO133 circle, it also shows that the cartels

circle, it also shows that

the cartels succeeded in infiltrating

a significant area of

the GOM's security apparatus. END SUMMARY.

2. (SBU) Mid-level Mexican Army

Major Arturo Gonzalez Rodriguez was arrested the week of December 21, 2008, for allegedly assisting Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTO) for USD 100K a month. Gonzalez had been assigned to the Estado Mayor (Presidential Protective Division), the unit responsible for protecting Mexico's president, to secure the periphery around the president's location. Based on statements from a former cartel member turned witness code-named "Jennifer," PGR has accused Gonzalez of passing information related to the activities and travel plans of Mexican President Felipe Calderon to the Arturo Beltran Leyva organization (ABLO). Gonzalez also stands accused of leaking military intelligence, training ABLO hit men through a private security company and supplying military weapons to various DTOs, including los Zetas.

3. (C) In light of high-level civilian

Government of Mexico (GOM) corruption charges over the past months, this case is disturbing but certainly not shocking. GOM sources sought to downplay the seriousness of the

breach, but the revelation that Gonzalez was providing intelligence and materials to ABLO represented a double blow

to the GOM.

that a member of an army unit responsible for protecting the president was passing information about presidential movements to the cartels exposes

a gap in Calderon's security

First, the fact

detail.

what specific information Gonzalez had access to, or what

While it is not known

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MEDICO DE CALDERON, EN MANOS DE NARCOS CABLE 09MEXICO133 exact details he was passing to the

exact details he was passing to the cartels, this is a significant security breach. PGR Senior Advisor Oscar Rocha told Poloff that, even though Gonzalez was not/not one of the president's personal guards, he had access to the president's movements to facilitate his unit's forward deployments. However, given that not all batallions are deployed at any given event, the major likely only had partial information for a relatively short period of time about the president's movements. According to PGR, the informant Jennifer has said the cartels were tracking the president's movements with the intent of avoiding the high level of government security that surrounds the president, but had no specific plan to target Calderon.

4. (SBU) The second unsettling

aspect of the case is that Gonzalez apparently had been on the cartel payroll since 2005, during which time he held different positions in the government. As he changed assignments, he was kept on as a cartel asset, and the nature of his involvement with the cartels changed. It is entirely feasible that he fed information on other departments of the army (not just the Presidential Protective Division) over the course of his three-year relationship with the cartels.

5. (S/NF) RSO shared threat information

with the Presidential Protective Division regarding threats against the life of President Calderon from DTOs. One source advised that Calderon's medical file was passed to a DTO by a corrupt member of Calderon's inner circle. Regarding the arrest of Major Gonzalez, General Cuevas, the second in command of the

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MEDICO DE CALDERON, EN MANOS DE NARCOS CABLE 09MEXICO133 Presidential Protective Division, was not overly concerned

Presidential Protective Division, was not overly concerned as he stated that the major did not have close access to the

6. (C) COMMENT:

One of the

primary reasons the GOM relies on the military to fight the cartels is the perception that the military is considerably less corrupt than the state and

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local police forces. But this case -- along with other military corruption arrests in 2008 -- reaffirms that members of the Mexican military also are prone to corruption. Security expert Raul Benitez told Poloff that this case represents an intelligence failure on the part of the Secretariat of Defense (SEDENA) as it had cleared this individual for the assignment. On the upside, SEDENA ultimately uncovered the criminal behavior and took action. According to the Embassy's Defense Attache Office (DAO), SEDENA recognizes the danger of corruption in the military in its fight against narcotrafficking, particularly in the garrisons out in the countryside. To counter that threat, SEDENA administers a program of counter-intelligence (excluding the Presidential Protective Division) and has begun, under the Calderon administration, rotating units in from the outside in joint operations with local units. Just as with other institutions engaged in the drug war, DAO believes that the cartels are reaching out to the military with offers some cannot refuse. Although the army major was not part of the president's inner circle, this case demonstrates that the cartels were

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MEDICO DE CALDERON, EN MANOS DE NARCOS CABLE 09MEXICO133 able to extend their intelligence network to

able to extend their intelligence network to those charged with protecting his personal security. END COMMENT.

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