President Andrés Manuel López Obrador again attacked Tim Golden, the author of a report that accuses him of having financed his first presidential campaign with money from the Sinaloa Cartel and indicated that his work is not independent.
Throughout the week, the president has suggested that the journalist works under the orders of United States officials who seek to defame him in the middle of the electoral period and this morning he accused ProPublica, the media where he published the report, of having ties to the Administration. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
“He is a pawn, a mercenary of journalism, as there are in Mexico,” he said in his morning conference on February 2.
He has even linked him with the former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari and politicians close to him, in an attempt to demonstrate that he is a journalist linked to the conservative bloc.
According to the president, Golden went running with Salinas and rubbed shoulders with former officials such as Otto Granados and José Carreño Carlónboth presidential spokespersons during the PRI administration.
However, in the late to mid-90s, Golden wasn’t exactly a Salinas fan. For at least four years he followed up on the corruption cases in which the former president and his family were involved, these are some.
What did Tim Golden investigate about Carlos Salinas de Gortari?
In 1995, Golden would write about the corruption accusations that revolved around former President Salinas’ inner circleamong them Javier Coello, appointed head of the anti-drug fight at that time and later replaced by Mario Ruiz Massieu.
“Coello, removed from office in 1990, was simply the first in a new series of Mexican officials who promised a tougher fight against traffickers and then were accused of accepting their bribes,” Golden wrote in a New York Times article dated on July 31 of that year.
The journalist also followed up on the investigation into Salinas’ role in the murder of his brother-in-law, the PRI politician. José Francisco Ruiz Massieu. Three months after Carlos handed over power to his successor, Ernesto Zedillo, his brother Raúl was arrested as the mastermind behind the crime.
After the arrest, it was revealed that Salinas conveniently assigned the case to Mario Ruiz Massieuwho was later accused of hindering the investigation into the murder of his own brother.
At that time, the prosecutors investigating the case indicated that while Mario Ruiz Massieu worked as a close collaborator of Salinas de Gortari, intimidated witnesses and falsified evidence to prevent Salinas’ older brother, Raúl, from appearing as a crucial suspect in the case.
In 1998, a new case involving the Gortari family aroused the journalist’s curiosity. It was about the investigation of the United States Government into an operation of laundering of illicit funds by Raúl with the help of Citibank. A case that spread throughout Switzerland, from where detectives found that a large part of the laundered resources came from drug trafficking.
Investigations accused Raúl Salinas of assuming control of the flow of drugs from Mexico to the United States after his brother Carlos assumed the presidency of the country in 1988 and of paying for his presidential campaign with the money he received for this business.
This information can be found in articles that Tim Golden wrote between 1995 and 1999 in the New York Times.