The New York Times responds to Ernestina Godoy: “Your information does not refute our report”

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The renowned American newspaper published a report indicating that the prosecutor’s office in charge of Godoy demanded from Telcel telephone records of political figures such as the aspiring head of government of Mexico City.

On Monday, November 13th, the American newspaper The New York Times responded to the attorney general of Mexico City, Ernestina Godoy, in the case of alleged espionage by the prosecutor’s office on political figures, and highlighted that the information provided by her office does not refute the report published by the middle.

“Three reporters from The New York Times researched the report for months, during which they interviewed several sources and independently confirmed all the information we published, with documents issued directly by courts in Mexico City,” the newspaper stated.

“Throughout this process, we sought comments from the Attorney General of Mexico City and her office, who did not offer convincing information to refute our work, which also included the conclusions of a federal judge.”

On November 9, the NYT published a report indicating that the prosecutor’s office in charge of Godoy demanded from Telcel telephone records of political figures such as the candidate for head of government of Mexico City, Santiago Taboada, Senator Lilly Téllez, among others. The media stressed that Telcel handed over the records, and demanded under the argument that they were part of a kidnapping investigation.

The phone company also claimed it never received a warrant from a federal judge for any of the requested phone records. The Times obtained information from court records that it reviewed, related to a lawsuit that Taboada himself filed when he was informed that he had been the target of espionage.

The Times approached the prosecutor’s office for a position. The prosecutor’s office refused to have investigation files for such crimes and “categorically” denied having requested the telephone information of the officials and politicians mentioned in the documentation.

The prosecutor’s response was included in the report. “This institution does not spy on political figures or any person. On the contrary, it investigates for exclusively legal purposes.”

Following the publication of the report, other politicians said that they were also targets of espionage and that AT&T had also provided information to the CDMX prosecutor’s office, always with the argument that some investigation was being carried out into kidnappings or disappearances.

In response, Ernestina Godoy denounced that the information published by the Times is “false” and based “on apocryphal documents.” His team denounced that everything is part of a smear campaign against the official and asserted that an investigation is being carried out to determine where the documents came from, which, he insisted, are false.