A new batch of declassified documents from the US National Archives has revealed that former Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo was a Central Intelligence Agency asset, and he’s not the only Mexican president to have had that title.
Portillo served as president from 1976 to 1982. According to a memo from a meeting of CIA agents on November 29, 1976, just days before Lopez Portillo officially assumed the presidency, At this meeting they discussed the release of papers relating to the CIA’s investigation into lee Harvey Oswald convicted for president John F. Kennedy’s murder in 1963.
Oswald had visited Mexico shortly before the fatal shots were fired in Dallas, and US authorities carried out a largescale surveillance and phone tapping operation in Mexico. Lopez Portillo is now the fourth former Mexican president listed as a US intelligence asset. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 83.