24 Mar '11, 12pm

US diplomat in Mexico is 1st casualty of WikiLeaks: MEXICO CITY - THE US… #FreeAssangeNow

MEXICO CITY - THE US AMBASSADOR to Mexico faced a harsh choice as the release of secret cables made his job nearly impossible: Quit to rescue one of Washington's most strategic relationships or weather the storm to show that diplomats should not suffer for doing their jobs. In the end, Mr Carlos Pascual resigned, the first US ambassador to lose his job over thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables released by the WikiLeaks website. His frank cables detailing infighting and jealousies among Mexican security forces contrasted with public US praise for Mexico's fight against drug trafficking. They deeply angered Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who repeatedly stated he could no longer trust the ambassador. Even opposition lawmakers say they became reluctant to meet with Mr Pascual. The crisis revealed the fine line President Barack Obama's administration has had to walk bet...

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