US Accuses Russia Of Interfering In Mexican Election That Hasn't Even Happened Yet

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Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster has claimed there are early signs of Russian interference in Mexico’s upcoming presidential election, the Hill reports.

During his keynote address for the Jamestown Foundation, McMaster painted Mexico as yet another victim of Russia’s alleged practice of hacking of election systems.

“You’ve seen actually initial signs of it in the Mexican presidential campaign already,” McMaster said in previously unreported remarks made during the Dec. 15 address. The comments, which came in response to questions about Mexico’s growing relationship with Russia and China, were first highlighted last weekend by Mexico’s Reforma newspaper.

At the end of last year, the Military Times predicted that the internal turmoil in Mexico would be one of the top ten conflicts to watch in 2018. Last year, the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ (IISS) annual Armed Conflict Survey declared that Mexico was home to one of the deadliest conflicts on the planet, second only to Syria. The Denver Post, among others, completely refuted the damning conclusion based on the fact that significant parts of the country saw little violence and enjoyed abundant tourism. However, whether or not the study’s declaration is true, it arrived at its finding based on the fact that Felipe Calderon’s declaration of war on organized crime approximately a decade ago has led to the deaths of an estimated 200,000 people and left more than 30,000 missing. A 2016 survey found armed violence in Mexico had killed around 34,000 people, far more than were killed in Afghanistan and other hot spots throughout the Middle East over the same period.

Unsurprisingly, the U.S. government has a small train-and-equip program with Mexican security forces to help combat transnational crime, according to the Military Times. There are currently at least 61 troops in Mexico, and the U.S. government has provided major military equipment to the Mexican military.

“Our personnel who provide training do not have advisory authority and do not conduct operations within Mexico,” said Army Lt. Col. Jamie Alan Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, according to the Military Times. “The size and composition of U.S. training teams in Mexico vary historically. The average size for a training team is between five and eight personnel per event.”

The Obama administration was knowingly arming Mexican drug cartels between 2009 and 2011 in what was known as Operation Fast and Furious. The strategy led to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) losing control of well over 2,000 weapons, which eventually led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, near the Mexican border. Forbes seemed to suggest the tactic was employed so that certain gangs could “thin out” the ranks of rival gangs – in other words, the U.S. was directly contributing to the violence plaguing Mexico.

According to Foreign Policy, there may be other reasons why we should have been paying attention to this conflict over the past year. Foreign Policy wrote:

“A high level of tension between the United States and Mexico might seem inevitable after Trump’s campaign pledges to build a border walldeport millions of undocumented immigrants, and terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement. He also famously characterized Mexican immigrants as drug dealers, criminals, and rapists and drew on support from white nationalist groups. In an early effort to avoid future confrontation, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto invited candidate Trump to visit the country in September — a move that initially backfired with a Mexican public already angry about high crime, corruption, and a weak economy.”

The timing of McMaster’s claim about Russian-Mexican election interference is suspicious to say the least.

After non-stop claims that Russia had hacked the French elections in 2017, the head of the French government’s cybersecurity agency said they found no trace of a notorious Russian hacking group behind the attack. Apparently, the campaign hack targeting the successful candidate, Emmanuel Macron, was “so generic and simple that it could have been practically anyone.”

Though there is some evidence to suggest Russia engages in hacking, it still is not too too much of a stretch to assume that by raising alarm about Russian interference at such an early stage — and that if and when a candidate takes office in Mexico that is not suitable to U.S. foreign policy interests — the seeds of doubt and discredit have already been cast far and wide, successfully eroding the legitimacy of Mexico’s future leadership.

What is really at issue, however, is the fact that much like the rest of the world, in the age of Donald Trump, Mexico is forming partnerships with rising powers Russia and China to the detriment of Washington. Last year, Alexander Denisov, the head of the marketing department of Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport, reportedly told Russia’s state-owned Sputnik that Mexico plans to buy a new batch of Russia’s MI-17 military transport helicopters in the near future.

Russia’s growing footprint in Latin America is already of deep concern to American officials, and Russia is intensifying its economic ties with Mexico, which is far much closer to home than South America beneath it. In September of last year, Russia and Mexico agreed in a meeting in China to boost economic ties, which they believe are yet to reach their true potential. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, trade between the two nations had increased by 38 percent in the first half of 2017 alone. The presidents of the two nations met at the BRICS summit, where Mexico was a guest country. This in itself is bad news for the United States, which cannot afford to see the rising coalition of the BRICS nations being bolstered by a defiant state directly on its border.

In 2009, 11,603 Russians visited Mexico. By 2012, this number had increased to 77,034.

Mexico and China have also vowed to strengthen military cooperation and elevate mutual ties.

In other words, the U.S. might end up getting a taste of its own medicine when Russian and Chinese military hardware and personnel end up on America’s border. Though this idea is rarely acknowledged, in the eyes of the elite, a “prosperous Mexico is critical U.S. foreign policy,” as Salon aptly described the conundrum.

Without getting too ahead of ourselves, it seems safe to predict that at some point in the very near future, we might begin hearing calls for the U.S. to “intervene” in Mexico (even more so than they already have for decades) and/or calls for sanctions if a candidate the U.S. doesn’t approve of takes office, which will most likely only further push the Mesoamerican country into the open arms of China and Russia instead.


Gaius Frakkin'… svayambhu108 Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:28 Permalink

What I find funny is how they assume White Americans view Russian interference as necessarily a bad thing.

The DC beltway is so far removed from the everyday struggle of White Americans it might as well be on Mars.

At least this interference (if it really exists) can identify underlying grievances to such a degree it affects outcomes. Wouldn't it be nice if Congress could identify grievances?

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MozartIII yomutti2 Sat, 01/13/2018 - 18:28 Permalink

Shut up, whore of Babylon! Another statist plant! Go Hillary yourself! We hate Putin! We just hate our current government option more!!! Fucking Obama & Trump! Same puppets run the show!

At least Putin and Xi actually try to plan ahead for their countries. They don't allow total rape by the banks and corporations. Can't wait for the comments, as in certain areas Russia & China do allow this. No one in the US plans ahead for anything out side of there own future. They often sell there own people down the river.



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IH8OBAMA stizazz Sat, 01/13/2018 - 19:28 Permalink

Putin is just a BAD ACTOR.

I wonder if he is going to win his next election now that the opposition has been stopped from being able to run.  Not that it would have mattered.  Putin has the key to all of the ballot boxes.  LOL

Let's see how many down votes you Putin/Ruski lovers can manage.

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Volkodav stizazz Sat, 01/13/2018 - 19:43 Permalink

      Strong error (lie) about Scythians

      Scythian burials are fair Euro type and dna

      You know nothing about this subject

      Your sources are poor, or you intentional deceive

      Russians are largely Scythian descent.     

      Russian histories, archives witness this fact

      Europeans heritage also, but history suppressed






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MozartIII yomutti2 Sat, 01/13/2018 - 18:58 Permalink

You are correct. Thats why I married the valedictorian. Still can't spell for shit but support a family of 10. The communist teacher I had in the 5th grade ended my schooling interest. Girls got better looking after that as well.


If I want your help with grammar, I will ask. To many grammer nazi's in the world of a failed school system. Fuck off!




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Wild E Coyote yomutti2 Sun, 01/14/2018 - 04:19 Permalink

What Russian propaganda? This is American propaganda. To make Americans care about another shithole country. So that more funds can be allocated for arms, drugs, and the Fast and Furious type  illegal operations under cover of National Security. 

The only money we should spent is to Build the wall. 

Let Mexicans handle their own problems, even the fictitious problem of Russian election meddling.




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Davidduke2000 yomutti2 Sun, 01/14/2018 - 05:35 Permalink

anybody who believe the Russians hacked the us election has a very low IQ and anybody who believes that Russia is interfering in the mexican election is plain stupid and deranged.

Russia has no interest in wasting money on shitholes countries as Russia does not print money out of thin air , it values its money because it is covered by gold .

When the time comes Russia will be the only country standing while the rest would have hyperinflation which we are seeing already, as a single M16 sold to the us army cost $4680 while an AK72M sold to the Russian army is only $320, that's what hyperinflation is.


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MozartIII svayambhu108 Sat, 01/13/2018 - 18:18 Permalink

This started 2 weeks ago. Very simple psyops. Blame Russians for attempted Mexican voter issues. The DNC in the US is so desperate that they are digging up straws. This should be over soon. Leave it to Americans to be dumber than Mexicans and allow life to such a desperate story. To the stupid fucker that came up with this one. Piss off Cankles so you will be killed soon. It will be agovernment sanctioned killing.

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Parrotile curbjob Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:42 Permalink

Russia SHOULD be "interfering" in Mexican politics. Install a puppet government, then provide "military aid".

Wonder how the US would react to having Russian military hardware on "their" border? Hardware that most certainly could inflict major devastation if needed.

Tell me how this is "different" to the current situation in Ukraine? OK for the US? well, just as OK for Russia, or anyone else subject to US interference.

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petroglyph Parrotile Sun, 01/14/2018 - 12:44 Permalink

I have wondered about "payback" for quite a while now. After these latest cluster drone attacks in Syria, why wouldn't Russia, or Turkey deliver a container load of manpads to the Mexican drug cartels? I am not suggesting it, just wondering. They could also send a container of AK's, to the coyote smugglers, that would light things up pretty quick. That and some rpg's. We have certainly planted the seed for asymmetric warfare on our southern border. 

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GreatUncle LetThemEatRand Sun, 01/14/2018 - 06:25 Permalink

I don't believe any of the BS now ... it has turned into a joke.

The joke argument came about because they refuse to release the proof into the public domain.

So now we are talking "is their proof real or is it the elusive rocking horse shit".

Without a brain cell between them they have dug the hole they cannot now climb out of.

To admit you have been telling porkies then all faith will be lost so all they can do is keep digging but looking more ridiculous every minute. They will be wearing clown suits next.

Now here is the flip, in such a position you are now unable to act without looking stupid that the other competing nation are able to step in and clean up --->>> *** That last point is what is happening ***


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Theta_Burn Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:15 Permalink

Mexico is so lucky America is concerned about it's election outcome.

Have the Mexicans complained about meddling?

I only see 1 marauding meddler here.


LetThemEatRand Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:16 Permalink

This is a lose-lose for Trump.  If he talks about Russian meddling in Mexico as if it is a real thing, he supports the false narrative that Russia influenced the US election.  If he denies Russian meddling in Mexico, he's going against someone in his own administration.  Well played, deep state.

knukles LetThemEatRand Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:22 Permalink

Trump's response:  "Meddling?  I don't know about any meddling except what I read on ZeroHedge and have asked my staff to remain silent on the topic due to an ongoing investigation that's uncovered nothing in over a year, is preforming a witch hunt with traitors.  So don't ask me, but if I ask you you better have some answers or I'll be appointing more special prosecutors.  And the Attorney General better be all over the treasonous acts being uncovered inside our FBI and other agencies like stink on shit-holes.  By the way, you might want to look up the word shit-hole in the dictionary.  A good, comprehensive dictionary.  It means squalid, unsafe and rundown.  Now excuse me I have other things to set right."

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Snípéir_Ag_Obair LetThemEatRand Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:30 Permalink

A sticky wicket, wot?

How about asking for a shred of credible evidence about either claim?

On the other hand it’s easy to find lists of false claims made re Russian hacking... I think The Intercept (Greenwald) and Consortium News have done good ones.


What truly stuns me is, here we are not too far out from Iraq and the media-coddled lies used to get us there, and the erstwhile antiwar Left is now prepared to believe absolutely anything the same shitheads say, sans even a scintilla of evidence.


What the fuck?


I mean just what the fucking fuck?


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