Amid escalating tensions in Mexican politics, the fallout from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s controversial decision to disclose a New York Times reporter’s phone number has taken a disturbing turn. Now, his son’s phone number, along with those of other prominent figures, has been posted online, sparking outrage and raising concerns about safety and privacy.

President’s Son Speaks Out

The president’s eldest son, José Ramón López Beltrán, took to the X platform to reveal the public exposure of his and his family’s telephone numbers, describing the incident as an act of vengeance that jeopardizes their security. 

While it remains unclear who exactly made the numbers public, López Beltrán stated that it followed a letter containing threats and falsehoods directed at the president and his sons.

President López Obrador, addressing the situation while in Mazatlan, expressed his disappointment, labeling the actions of all involved as embarrassing. He reiterated his denial of the allegations made by The New York Times regarding his ties to drug traffickers, firmly asserting his commitment to defending liberty and justice.

Blame Game and Additional Leaks

Blame for the leak was also directed at New York Times reporter Natalie Kitroeff by López Beltrán, who accused her of providing her phone number with the expectation that the president would respond to her alleged slander. 

Meanwhile, Claudia Sheinbaum, the presidential candidate of López Obrador’s Morena party, and Citlalli Hernández, the party’s secretary-general, revealed that their numbers had also been leaked, leading to a barrage of offensive calls and messages.

The breach of phone data prompted condemnation from Adrián Alcalá, head of Mexico’s National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information, and Protection of Personal Data. Alcalá underscored the importance of protecting personal data and pledged to uphold these rights in Mexico.

However, López Obrador defended his decision to disclose Kitroeff’s number, asserting that moral and political authority supersede local regulations on data protection. This stance was rebuked by Alcalá, who emphasized that no one, not even the president, is above the law.

Growing Tensions and Press Freedom

The incident further underscores the growing tensions in Mexican politics and raises questions about the balance between freedom of expression, privacy rights, and governmental authority. As the controversy unfolds, it serves as a stark reminder of the challenges facing both journalists and public figures in an increasingly polarized political landscape.

What are your thoughts? How does this incident reflect broader issues of transparency, privacy, and accountability in Mexican politics?

Will the controversy surrounding the phone leaks influence public perception of President López Obrador and his administration? How might the recent phone number leaks impact the relationship between the Mexican government and the media? 

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