Mexico Under Siege: Photo and letter stir speculation on missing Mexico political figure

Diego Fernandez de Cevallos

Los Angeles Times, 7/27/2010

The man is naked above the waist, blindfolded with a wide band of fabric. His bearded face appears to match that of the politician on the cover of the magazine he holds up for the camera.

Is “Don Diego” alive?

The 2-month-old mystery over the whereabouts of former Mexican presidential candidate Diego Fernandez de Cevallos deepened this week when a photograph and letter purportedly written by him weeks ago showed up on Twitter and then all over the Mexican media.

The photo and letter were posted Monday by journalist Jose Cardenas, who said he received them and a separate statement from the purported kidnappers. The statement mocked failed attempts to find Fernandez de Cevallos and said his captors had not reduced their ransom demand, which was not specified.

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