Jun 28, 2012

DEA’s ‘El Chapo Fiasco’ Sets Drug War Back for Years

El Universal: WorldMeets.Us Translation by Douglas
See Spanish Original.
“After a series of losing encounters with the facts, agents and operatives of the DEA, who had repeatedly insisted that they had the son of El Chapo, in the end had no choice but to surrender to the accumulating evidence and admit it was a case of mistaken identity ... this has dealt a major blow to the DEA and to the armed forces of Mexico, delaying, perhaps of years, the much-anticipated capture of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán.”

By J. Jaime Hernández
Night had already fallen in Washington, when the DEA reluctantly accepted that the presumed son of "El Chapo" was not the man their informants had pointed out. After almost 48 hours of frenetic communications between DEA agents, members of the Mexico Army and the [Mexico] Attorney General’s Office, they all came to the same conclusion: the faulty intelligence provided by informants of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the immediate reaction of the family of Felix Betrán León, and clumsy handling by the Mexico government had landed them in the midst of one of the worst ever intelligence fiascos and an embarrassing spectacle of political opportunism.

For those of us who followed the operation from Washington, the speed with which the government of Mexico, the DEA and media had acted the night before, displaying their long-coveted prey like a hunting trophy, was in stark contrast to the subsequent spectacle of stupidity, confusion and disbelief that resulted in a day of denials on the part of Felix Beltrán León and his lawyers. Read more

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