Over the weekend, Carlos Pascual (above) stepped down from his post as U.S. ambassador to Mexico over an unsparing January 2010 cable about Mexico’s flailing drug war, and Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s handling of it, that WikiLeaks published in December. The disclosure had poisoned Pascual’s relationship with Calderón, and by the end his departure was all but inevitable — even if Pascual wasn’t telling Foggy Bottom anything that everyone (the Mexican president probably included) didn’t know already.


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