Mexico's ex-president affronted at alleged US spying

22nd October 2013, Comments 0 comments

Mexico's former president Felipe Calderon on Monday described allegations that the United States spied on his emails when he was in office as an "affront" to his country's institutions.

Breaking his silence since the report emerged on Sunday, Calderon said he had asked Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade to relay to Washington his "strongest protest for the espionage of which I was the object."

"More than personal, it is an affront to the institutions of the country, given that it took place when I was president," he wrote on Twitter.

Calderon was in power for six years until December 2012, a presidency marked by unprecedented security ties with the United States to combat drug cartels.

The German weekly Der Spiegel, citing documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, said the NSA hacked into Calderon's email account in May 2010.

This followed a report that the US spying agency had gained access to now President Enrique Pena Nieto's emails when he was a candidate last year.

The Mexican government, which has already demanded an investigation over the allegations that Pena Nieto was spied on, said it would seek answers from US officials over the new report "as soon as possible."

"This practice is unacceptable, illegitimate and contrary to Mexican law and international law," the foreign ministry said.

France also demanded answers from the United States on Monday after the daily Le Monde reported that the NSA had secretly monitored 70.3 million phone communications in France over 30 days from December 10, 2012, to January 8.

© 2013 AFP

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