Mexican Wikileaks Launched: Will Mexicoleaks Unearth Corruption?

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Screenshot of the Mexicoleaks shows people marching in Mexico City down "Reform Plaza" under a statue known as the Angel of Independence. HSBC, recently exposed by a European leaks project, can be seen in the background. The company was found to have laundered money from organized crime in Mexico. Screenshot / Mexicoleaks

A consortium of Mexican media organizations have launched Méxicoleaks, an unedited online whistleblower tool similar to Wikileaks. The site uses the Tor browser to anonymize users and encryption to guarantee the safety of those that submit information, according to Processo, one of the organizations supporting the website.

“Upon arriving to the Mexicoleaks page, citizens can upload files with documents to the platform and decide which organization to send them to, whether it’s just one outlet or organization, or all eight of the participants,” wrote Processo, in a statement.

Mexico has always struggled with corruption. Most recently, President Enrique Peña Nieto was accused of funneling favors for money through his wife’s real estate holdings. Documents relating to the case, including contracts and mortgage agreements, have been shielded from public scrutiny. Corruption is also rife within Federal Police and the Military, who participate in organized crime.

“We seek information of public interest that evidences corruption,” said Mexicoleaks in a tweet. To understand Mexicoleaks mission, one need look no further than the photo on its landing page. It shows people marching in Mexico City down "Reform Plaza" under a statue known as the Angel of Independence. The HSBC logo can be seen in the background. The company was found to have laundered money from organized crime in Mexico, thanks to leaked documents. At the center of the page a large button reads "Send Documents." 

The eight organizations supporting the initiative -- Processo, MVS/Aristegui, Animal Político, Periodistas de A Pie, Emeequis, Másde131, la Red de Derechos Digitales (R3D) y PODER -- range from public-interest organizations to online-only media, to print publications.

 
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