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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 03:16 PM

Mexico releases spy agency's files on current president

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Updated 6:04 pm CDT, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico released a trove of files from the country's old domestic intelligence agency Tuesday, and they showed the agency was once so paranoid it even spied on members of the former governing party.

The top exhibit was the file compiled by domestic agents on current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who belonged to the Institutional Revolutionary Party in the 1970s and '80s.

The 63-page archive consists of old intelligence documents drawn up between 1979 and the early 1980's by spies from the now-extinct Federal Security Department.

A few reports, including some signed by the agency's head at the time, claimed López Obrador was a local leader of the Mexican Communist Party.


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