Carlos Pascual, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, has resigned after a political fallout that occurred when WikiLeaks published a cable in December 2010 in which the U.S. Embassy to Mexico was critical of the Mexican government’s efforts in the ongoing war on drugs. The cable said Mexican President Filipe Calderon “has struggled with an unwieldy and uncoordinated interagency and spiraling rates of violence that have made him vulnerable to criticism that his anti-crime strategy has failed.“
According to Reuters, Calderon was critical of the ambassador in an interview published February 22 in Mexican newspaper El Universal. Diplomatic tensions rose and Pascual resigned.
Julian Assange would see this as a victory; removing “conspirators” in control helps to dismantle the “conspiracy” of government. In many ways, he is right to see it that way. Instead of taking a cooperative approach (“Hey, we clearly aren’t doing this as well as you think, so lets work on solutions.”), President Calderon was standoffish, and the honesty of the embassy ended up hurting the relationship between the two nations.
Where honest dialogue is unwelcome, progress is impossible; as he sits on house arrest in the U.K., Assange is grinning to himself.