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Mexico City - Another former Mexican leader said Wednesday that he was spied on by the United States following reports that US intelligence agencies snooped on President Enrique Pena Nieto and his predecessor.
Former president Vicente Fox said Wednesday that “of course” he was spied on when he was in power between 2000-2006 following reports of US snooping on his successors, Felipe Calderon and Enrique Pena Nieto.
“One must be used to that,” Fox told MVS Radio during a trip to Madrid, adding that the spying began before he took office.
“During my election campaign, they followed me step by step, every day, filming and recording,” he said.
But Fox downplayed such intelligence activities by the country's northern neighbor, saying that all governments, including Mexico's, spy on each other.
“It's nothing new that there's espionage in every government in the world, including Mexico,” he said. “I don't understand the scandal.”
Pena Nieto, who took power in December, has ordered an investigation into reports that the National Security Agency hacked his emails while he was a candidate last year and Calderon's messages while in office.
The Mexican government said it would summon the US ambassador while Calderon called the eavesdropping an “affront.”
“It's an incoherent behavior, to be spying and complaining because you're spied on. It makes no sense,” Fox said.