The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, AMLO, denied accusations of receiving millions of dollars in financing from the Sinaloa Cartel and drug trafficker Édgar Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie,” during his first presidential campaign in 2006. These statements were made by American journalist Tim Golden in his latest report.
“It’s completely false; it’s a slander,” López Obrador said at his morning conference. The president accused the press of being underpowered, both in Mexico and abroad, and pointed to the influence of the United States Department of State on the media.
Lopez Obrador He described those making these accusations as “blasphemous,” although they may be rewarded as good reporters. He also mentioned Genaro García Luna, former Secretary of Public Security in Mexico, who was named the best police officer in the world in the United States and now faces charges of drug trafficking.
In his report, Golden says that agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States discovered that the main cocaine dealers in Mexico channeled about 2 million dollars into the first presidential campaign by López Obrador in 2006. According to interviews and government documents reviewed by Golden, the money was given to campaign aides on behalf of López Obrador’s administration that carried out the criminal operations of the traffickers.
López Obrador responded to these accusations by stating that journalism lends itself to the interests of defamation and doing dirty work. He also suggested information about the alleged financing of Mexican cartels during his 2006 presidential campaign. This is because of the upcoming elections in the United States.