López Obrador accuses the Pentagon of espionage and charges against the DEA: "There cannot be foreign agents in our country"

The Mexican president deflected reporters’ questions when asked about the use of Pegasus software by his administration.

The Mexican Armed Forces refuses to reveal information about contracts it has with company that makes the spyware program Pegasus. They claim that this information is too sensitive to be made public to the media. Instead, faced with the accusation of using Pegasus to spy on journalists and human rights activists, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador charged against the United States and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

AMLO assured in his morning press conference this Tuesday that "we are going to take care of the information of the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) and the Defense (Sedena) because we are being spied on by the Pentagon.” Previously, a report by The Washington Post cited Pentagon documents when it uncovered tensions between Sedena and Semar that hindered the fight against drug trafficking. The relationship between the two institutions has reportedly worsened after the approval of a bill ordering the Mexican Army to monitor and protect Mexico's airspace.

Distrust in the DEA

AMLO also added that the DEA carries out an "abusive, arrogant interference that should not be accepted for any reason" in Mexico. "There cannot be foreign agents in our country. No. We can share information, but it is the elements of the Mexican Army, the Navy, the National Guard that can intervene," declared the leftist president.

AMLO criticized the DEA's work to infiltrate drug trafficking organizations in Mexico, mainly the Sinaloa Cartel and the heirs of "El Chapo" Guzmán. According to AMLO, this is the work of Sedena and Semar. He also added that several Mexican media outlets publish information that the DEA leaks directly to them. "They want to be like before. To enter and violate our sovereignty. So they start to leak information to weaken us politically. But the people support us," the Mexican president stressed.