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Interior secretary sees election meddling

United States warns again about Russian interference in presidential election

The Interior Secretary has acknowledged that there are signs of foreign interference in this year’s presidential election following warnings by government officials in the United States.


Alfonso Navarrete Prida stated in an interview yesterday that there were “signs of foreign intervention . . . in relation to electoral affairs or support groups. We must be very careful in this regard and discern the truth; that’s the process we’re in.”

The secretary’s remarks came after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the Mexican government earlier in the day to pay attention to signs of Russian interference as Mexico prepares to elect a new president July 1.

Tillerson arrived in Mexico City yesterday, the first stop on a Latin American tour.

“We hear this from our European counterparts,” he said about signs of Russian meddling in elections. “My advice would be . . . pay attention to what’s happening.”

U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said earlier this month there was evidence of Russian meddling in the Mexican election.

He said there was a “sophisticated effort to polarize democratic societies and pit communities within those societies against each other.”

Interior Secretary Navarrete suggested that if the U.S. government had such information it should be shared with Mexico “so we can verify it.”

Warnings of such meddling have generated speculation that leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador would benefit. The leader of the Morena party has rejected the notion and yesterday the Russian ambassador did the same.

Eduard Malayán told El Universal the accusations were part of a dirty war intended to damage relations between Mexico and Russia and emphatically denied them.

Source: El Universal (sp), The New York Times (en)

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  • WestCoastHwy

    Oh, I forgot to mention: failed Mexican Electoral Institution in my other post.

  • Güerito

    So, Navarrete say there are “signs” of interference, but then asks the US for evidence so Mexico can “verify” it??

    Tillerson: Mexico needs to pay attention, the Europeans told us.

    Mexico: There’s interference, the US told us.


  • Güerito

    When you look at the latest poll, it’s no wonder the PRI government is pushing this Russian BS.

    Jan. 25: AMLO 32; Anaya 26; Meade … 16 !!

    And Meade is the only candidate with a negative favorableunfavorable rating (-5). AMLO +24, Anaya +11.

  • The US, with a long history of meddling in the affairs of Latin America countries, is now offering a sincere warning? Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Latin America has less to fear from Russia than it does from the US. Plus, if Trump’s presidency is a result of Russian meddling, that makes Tillerson a member of a government led by the marionette President Trump whose strings are being pulled by Moscow. So Mexico should just ignore these “warnings” that do not offer proof and are presented by a country which cannot be trusted. Let the will of the Mexican people be heard.

  • DreadFool

    todo es mentira, es la verdad.