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From AJR,   March 1998

Officially Speaking    

How many named names were among the dozens of sources in this 3,400-word article? Officially? Four.

By Jeff Gillenkirk
Gillenkirk (Voxpop@igc.org) is a member of San Francisco Media Alliance’s Latin America/Caribbean Basin Committee.     


Officials say the following is a source list, in order of appearance, from a December 29, 1997, New York Times article by Tim Golden headlined "U.S. Helps Mexico's Army Take a Big Anti-Drug Role."

United States and Mexican officials

United States officials

Two people

Clinton Administration officials

Many officials

A former senior official

Some officials

A few other current and former United States officials

American officials

Many American officials

A senior American official

A senior drug-enforcement official

Pentagon spokesman Kenneth H. Bacon

James R. Jones, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

American officials

Current and former officials

Mexican law-enforcement officials

Two former officials

A former official

Former officials

The officials

United States officials

Current and former American officials

United States officials

One of Mr. Zedillo's closest aides

Mexican and United States military officials

A Pentagon official

Defense Department officials

Mexican and United States military officials

American officials

Several American officials

Officials

Officials

Officials

Some Mexican police investigators

American officials

A former intelligence official

Gen. Juan Heriberto Salinas Altes

Clinton Administration officials

Mexican officials

Defense Department officials

Many United States officials

Clinton Administration officials

Many United States officials

Officials familiar with American intelligence reports

Two American officials

United States officials

Gen. Tomas Angeles Dauahare

One current and one former American official

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