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The journalist recently launched her book “The Traitor”, where she exposes the personal newspaper of the son of “El Mayo” Zambada and the Sinaloa Cartel.
Anabel Hernández has dedicated her career to finding the truth behind cases such as the 43 normalist students of Ayotzinapa, but also to unveiling the secrets behind the Sinaloa cartel (CDS), one of the most powerful in Mexico (and the world).
In December 2019, the journalist published her most recent book, The Traitor, which exposes the personal writings of Vicente Zamada Niebla, aka “El Vicentillo”, son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada , who would be the true leader of the CDS. Through the newspaper “El Vicentillo” and testimonies of his lawyer, Fernando Gaxiola, Hernández introduces us to the world of CDS.
However, one of his most recognized works is the book Los señorres del narco (2010). In it, the journalist had already reported Genaro García Luna’s ties with the Sinaloa Cartel during the Calderón administration. After its publication, the former official sent her to kill and attempted against her family, so Hernandez had to move to the United States.
Before that, in 2001, Anabel Hernández was also a headache for Vicente Fox and Martita Sahagún by uncovering in an investigation the millionaire expenses of the then presidential couple in the so-called “towelgate”. For that work, in 2002 he won the National Journalism Award.
Who is Anabel Hernández?
Anabel Hernández is a Mexican journalist who has worked for national media such as Milenio, El Universal, her research supplement La Revista –today emeequis– and the Indigo Report online news page . He currently contributes to the newspaper Reforma and to the magazine of Investigación Proces, and writes his own books on corruption and abuse of power in Mexican politics.
In an interview in 2011, Anabel Hernández narrated how she was forced to pursue investigative journalism after the kidnapping and murder of her father in Mexico City in December 2000. The police then told the family that she would only investigate the crime. in exchange for money. The family refused to pay for police services, fearing that the latter would accuse anyone, in order to obtain money from the family.
In his beginnings as a journalist in Reforma, in 1993, Anabel was in charge of local news and learned to collect information directly from street sources. When he started working at the Millennium, he already had enough information to uncover in 2001 the ‘Toallagate’ case, in which he revealed the astronomical expenses made with public funds for the residence of President Vicente Fox . The case earned him the National Journalism Award of Mexico in 2002. Anabel explained how the President’s office had spent around US $ 440,000 to redecorate two rooms of the presidential residence. This information immediately raised a great controversy since FoxHe had promised an austerity government during his election campaign. As a result his popularity plummeted, and both his wife and four other members of the Executive lost their jobs in the Administration.
Later, her work led her to uncover slave networks and the sexual exploitation of young Mexicans in rural areas of San Diego, California , so UNICEF granted her recognition in 2003. As her work made her more known, people began to contact her to provide information and possible news. Thus, Anabel Hernández began to investigate the drug cartels, perhaps the most dangerous job in Mexico. The violence caused by drug trafficking has claimed thousands of lives in the country during the last ten years and journalists, simply by informing about the situation, are permanently in the spotlight, both of the State forces and of drug gangs
In his latest book, ‘Los señorres del narco’ (2010), Anabel details the complicity between organized crime and the authorities, from the Government to the police, the army and businessmen. Analyzes the evolution of drug production and trafficking in Mexico since the 70s and reveals the alarming role played by members of the Mexican Government and of some US CIA agents. Through official testimonies and reports gathered during a five-year investigation, the book describes in great detail the process that has led Mexico to become the epicenter of the great Latin American cartels and one of the most violent places on the planet. After the appearance of the book, Hernández has been subjected to numerous death threats by state and non-state figures.
His manifest intention as an investigative journalist is to work against the culture of impunity that governs the actions of corrupt officials in Mexico. Anabel says that “corruption grows with silence. If the journalists of my generation remain silent, if we give in to our work out of fear or complicity, journalists of the coming generations will be condemned to kneel before this corruption. I hope to live long enough to see that this does not happen. ”
The controversial revelations of Anabel Hernández
Felipe Calderón and Vicente Fox received money from ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, the true leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, reveals controversial book
The journalist Anabel Hernández has just published one of the books detailing the operation of the Sinaloa Cartel , the millions of dollars that Vicente Fox received and many other details that encompass one of the most ambitious journalistic works in the author’s career.
Senior people in the Mexican government of Vicente Fox (2000-2006) accepted bribes of 3 million dollars from drug traffickers from the Sinaloa Cartel, according to a new book that collects testimonies of Vicente Zambada Niebla and his lawyer, and also ensures that the children of the former first lady Marta Sahagún sold chemical methamphetamine precursors to the cartel.
Vicente Zambada Niebla, 32, is the son of Ishmael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada , the mysterious strong man who co-directs the Sinaloa Cartel. Before that, I headed it with Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera, so now I would be leading it along with Guzman’s children.
Zambada Niebla, aka ‘El Vicentillo’, was arrested in 2009 and extradited to Chicago the following year; In mid-2019 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Already in preventive detention, he contacted the journalist Anabel Hernández to give him information, according to the reporter in a fragment of his next book “The Traitor.” The text mentions that cartel operators gave $ 3 million to the former Secretary of Public Security Genaro García Luna for the Sinaloa Cartel to determine which agents were going to be in their control zone.
“During his tenure at the AFI [Federal Investigation Agency, now Federal Ministerial Police], García Luna and his closest team of collaborators … were identified in the internal affairs unit of the prosecutor for corruption and links with the Sinaloa Cartel” , writes Anabel Hernández.
The book adds that in the government that followed Fox’s, directed by Felipe Calderón, “the president himself received millions of dollars in bribes” despite the fact that Calderón declared the so-called war on drug trafficking.
In a part of the book that includes a letter from Zambada Niebla we also talk about monthly payments to commanders of state, municipal, federal and judicial police to buy long-term protection or for occasions when the cartel will need to pass a cargo through certain areas .
“To [pay the] Federal Police we had the code ‘Los Azules’, ” says a text attributed to Vincentillo. “‘Zapatones’ we called the military,” he adds. He also speaks of “monthly payments” to delegates of the Attorney General’s Office : “99% of the PGR is corrupt and we give them all the money,” describes the text.
Some of the information in Hernández’s book includes what Vicentillo and his uncle, Jesús Zambada, also declared on the stage at the end of last year and at the beginning of this year during the trial of El Chapo.
Jesús Zambada , for example, said in November 2018 in a sworn testimony that personally bribed García Luna , and he even mentioned giving 6 million dollars to an ex-president when he was in office, although it did not come to light of which president would try.
Vicentillo also said during that trial that in 2007 he met with “high-level” politicians and representatives of Pemex , the Mexican state oil company, to discuss the possibility of using a tanker to transport cocaine.
In “The Traitor,” Hernandez also includes statements by Vicentillo’s lawyer that refer to alleged corruption of more members of the government, especially the children of former First Lady Marta Sahagun de Fox.
“They had all customs controlled and they themselves sold the chemical precursor [pseudoephedrine] to the cartel to produce methamphetamines,” writes Hernandez, who told him Zambada Niebla’s lawyer. “Marta’s children did not know what to do with the money, basements full of bills,” Fernando Gaxiola would have said.
Until the publication of this note, Vicente Fox had not ruled on what was said in the book. Since last year Genaro García Luna and Felipe Calderón denied the accusations in press releases.
Who is ‘The Traitor’?
The traitor is a book where its pages date back to January 2011, when one of Vicente Zambada Niebla’s lawyers , better known as “Vicentillo” , contacted her .
In order to share with the journalist documents and facts that expanded and clarified several of the episodes Anabel related in her book “The lords of the narco”.
Access to the personal diaries of “El Mayo” Zambada
Anabel Hernández is one of the few who can presume that she had access to the disturbing self-portrait as a clown that appears on the cover of her current book (‘The Traitor’).
In addition to the newspapers made by ‘Vicentillo’, during negotiations to collaborate with the US government, which until now were secret.
And they contain their history and the story of one of the largest drug trafficking organizations on the planet.
US government goes for Carlos Salinas de Gortari and not for Calderón, in trial against García Luna: journalist
If the US authorities seek to catch a “big fish” through the trial of Genaro García Luna , former head of the Ministry of Public Security during the administration of Felipe Calderón, that would not be the former president of PAN extraction, but Carlos Salinas de Gortari .
In an interview during the program “Los Periodistas”, conducted by Álvaro Delgado and Alejandro Páez Varela in La Octava, the author of Los señorres del narco and El traidor said that, if at the trial against the former Secretary of Security to be carried out in New York they want to find a “big fish”, this could be Salinas de Gortari.
“García Luna visited the residence of Salinas de Gortari, before the end of the six-year term of Felipe Calderón. And there we are already talking about other levels of corruption; much more important things,” said Hernandez.
The journalist Anabel Hernández also recalled that, in 2010, she had already assured, based on her sources, that García Luna worked for the Sinaloa Cartel, an association for which the United States arrested him. He also said that many important politicians “feel the water in the neck” and have sought legal advice, fearing that their names will shine in the trial of the former official.
“You cannot understand the protection of Joaquín Guzmán Loera [El Chapo] or Ismael Zambada [El Mayo], El Vicentillo, without the protection of García Luna. That is the secret key to the judicial process that is being carried out in Nueva York against García Luna. One thing is directly linked to the other. Protecting Genaro was protecting the [Sinaloa] cartel, “added Hernandez.
Characters “good level”, very nervous with García Luna trial
In this regard, he said that the investigation against García Luna began at least since 2014 and took greater momentum when Iván Reyes Arzate , a former collaborator of García Luna and former commander of the Federal Police, was arrested in Texas and began giving information related to bribes that the former Secretary of Public Security received from drug cartels.
The writer also said that since the arrest of García Luna there are several “good level” characters who feel in danger with what the once “super police” can say to the US authorities and that is why they are already receiving legal advice.
Hernández also said that Felipe Calderón was very aware that his right hand in the strategy against organized crime caused many doubts among US security authorities.
About this, he recalled that according to some sources, a former Mexican security official accused García Luna of hiding videos about the attack against members of the CIA, which occurred in November 2012, in Tres Marías, Morelos.