Cardenas Guillen planned to assassinate Calderon - according to Calderon
Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa assured in his book “Decisiones difficult ” that Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, the former leader of the Gulf Cartel and founder of the Los Zetas paramilitary group, planned to assassinate him in 2006.
The president narrated that Daniel Cabeza de Vaca , the then attorney general of the republic, told him at the beginning of his term: " Felipe, we have information from the Army, which comes from American sources of infiltrators in the organizations themselves,that Osiel Cárdenas is not happy with the result of the election and has the plan to assassinate you"
Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, known as “ El Mata Amigos ”, earned that nickname after assassinating Salvador Gómez Herrera in 1998, his friend and then head of the Gulf Cartel after the capture of Juan García Ábrego in January 1996 . As head of the organization, printed a stamp of unprecedented cruelty and made "Los Zetas" in the greatest exponents of the Mexican narco.
On the morning of February 24, a Texas judge handed down a 25-year prison sentence against Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, the leader of the Gulf cartel. The news travelled all round the world.
Neither the government nor the Court released any details of the process against who was considered at that time by the US anti-drug agency (DEA) as the most feared and bloodthirsty drug trafficker in Mexico; even the sentence was handed down behind closed doors and the process was shielded in perpetuity.
Some versions indicate that the Obama administration agreed with Osiel Cárdenas Guillén on his sentence to 25 years in prison and not life imprisonment –which was discussed at the time of his extradition–, in exchange for pleading guilty to five federal charges against him and, apparently, to unveil the bowels of the Mexican cartels.
On May 18 Felipe Calderón presented his second book in which he reflects on the task of governing and details how he lived his presidential term. However, users of social networks did not wait and launched criticism where they expressed that it is similarly similar to the book by former Democratic candidate for the Presidency of the United States, Hillary Clinton.
The new book by former President Calderón is called “Difficult Decisions”; Hillary Clinton's book was called "Hard Choices" and was translated into Spanish as "Difficult Decisions."
Meanwhile, Margarita Zavala, Calderón's wife and a former independent candidate for the presidency of Mexico in 2018, also wrote a book in 2016 titled “Margarita. My story ” and was published by Grijalbo, while Bill Clinton's wife was titled “ Historia Viva ” in Spanish .
This has caused a wave of criticism on social networks , since it is believed that the political movement that the couple leads will soon be a political party: México Libre, which was also criticized for having a logo similar to that of an Argentine foundation. , known as Libre.
It is worth mentioning that Calderón has recently been involved in a series of scandals: Genaro García Luna, architect of the controversial " War on Narco " and one of the former president's biggest confidence figures, is involved in a money laundering plan. that moved millions of narco-dollars.
García Luna confessed to having moved more than USD 50 million in bribes through 11 different tax havens worldwide: the United States, Barbados, Hong Kong, Israel, Latvia, Panama, the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Curaçao.
According to reports, the money came from “ bribes delivered by organized crime groups ,” when García Luna served as Mexico's secretary of public security from 2006 to 2012. In December 2019, US authorities arrested him on charges of drug trafficking, and for allegedly accepting multi-million dollar bribes and allowing the Sinaloa Cartel to operate with de facto hegemony and immunity.
Here is a 1.5 hour interview he did about the book in Spanish. HIGHLY recommend it for those who can understand Spanish. He covers about the narco-war in 32:35 min. Apparently several lawyers from La Familia Michoacana were killed prior to Operation Michoacan in December 2006. They were recent graduates from a law school, and Calderon said that their deaths shocked him.