Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, a businessman, at his home in Coronado, CA.


This post originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website.

The author, Dave Maass, is a media relations coordinator and investigative researcher for EFF.
FBI agents arrested a Mexican tycoon named Jose Susumo Azano Matsura at his Coronado, California, home on Wednesday as part of a political bribery investigation based on captured e-mails, seized banking records, and covertly recorded conversations.
The unfolding scandal is soaked in irony: Azano is a surveillance evangelist whose company won a secret, no-bid contract with the Mexican military for computer and mobile phone hacking and spying technology in 2011.

He is chairman of a company called Security Tracking Devices SA de CV, and he is now chained to a tracking device—on house arrest.

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