Apr 10, 2011

Mexican drug dealer alleges collusion with U.S. agencies

Copyright (C) 2011, WLM & Mexican Roulette & translated interview of Diana Washington Valdez by Angelo Rossinni for Post Fin

"Ismael Mayo Zambada's son, incarcerated in the United States, threatened to disclose a scandal that may be worse than the ATF's Operation Fast and Furious. J. Vicente "Vicentillo" Zambada Niebla alleged that DEA and FBI officials authorized him to engage in drug-trafficking from 2004 to March 2009 for the purpose of investigating the drug trade."

(Questions by Rossini): We came back to you Diana two years after we first spoke to you about the Mexican drug cartel wars. Thank you for the link to the interview you did in Italy. Very interesting. When you spoke before about the Chicago connection, is this what you had in mind?

(Responses by Washington Valdez): I was at the Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting, and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, was there, too. It was at the University of California at Berkeley. I suggested to NPR reporters from Chicago who were at the conference to do a story about the "pipeline" from the U.S.-Mexico border at Juarez-El Paso to Chicago. It is a very old pipeline that is still in effect. At the same conference, I urged a prominent Washington Post reporter to investigate the drug wars in Mexico. I told her that those of us at the border and other hot spots may be on the frontlines, certainly where the violence is concerned, but that the real action was in the halls of government institutions in Washington, D.C. The U.S. policies and politics behind the drug wars are played out there. The two major recent disclosures reaffirmed those earlier suspicions.

Q: Do you believe Zambada?
A: I don't know yet, but if Vicente Zambada Niebla can prove his allegations, then we have another Rafael Caro Quintero situation. Caro Quintero, a flamboyant drug dealer linked to Enrique "Kiki" Camarena's torture-murder, allegedly allowed U.S. intelligence assets the use of his ranch in Mexico to train Contras during the Contra-Sandinista conflict. U.S. authorities have accused Zambada of trafficking massive quantities of cocaine into the United States. His father, Mayo Zambada in Mexico, reportedly is an associate of Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman.

Q: How will Mexican officials react to this?
A: The next presidential election in Mexico will take place in 2012. Politicians of different parties are using the drug wars as a political weapon to wield in their campaigns. An important question is whether the drug wars represent a "controlled conflict" or if it is unraveling and we can expect more disorder as the cartels break down and multiply into smaller and more numerous "cartels."

Q: How did you find Italy this time?
A: A beautiful and fantastic country with incredible people who are facing many of the same political and economic issues that Americans back home are confronting.
- A.R.