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Report: Russia looking to Influence upcoming Presidential elections in Mexico

January 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Report: Russia looking to Influence upcoming Presidential elections in Mexico

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A new report released by a top Mexican news outlet reveals to a complex effort put forth by Russian operatives to impact the crucial upcoming the 2018 presidential election in Mexico.

The attempts seem to be based on the use of misinformation to create friction within the country, according to Reforma.

A recent statement made by U.S. National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster during a videotaped speech at the Jamestown Foundation confirmed the report.

McMaster revealed that the interference was recently alleged during the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections. Perceived Russian meddling was detected in Spain during the independence referendum in Catalonia and now more recently in the ongoing presidential election in Mexico.

Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) has also expressed concerns about the existence of disinformation campaigns on social networks about the elections this upcoming summer.

On July 1st, Mexican citizens will elect a new president, who will take over a country dealing with a much weakened Peso, and the uncontrollable spread of cartel violence.

Current President Enrique Peña Nieto continues to deal with an unending surge of corruption scandals, which include Mexican politicians links to cartels, a dropping level of public confidence in the Mexican government’s ability to stem the spiraling drug-related violence, and record-breaking crime rates.

Peña Nieto’s party, the center-left Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI), continues to be the target of corruption investigations.

Additionally, leftist candidate Lopez Obrador most recently made national headlines for suggesting he would consider amnesty for cartels in exchange for peace.

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