Mexican reporter Jacinto Rodriguez revealed abuses of power in his native country by digging into Mexico's National Archives. A David Rockefeller visiting scholar at Harvard, he now digs into the archives of the Houghton Library for his book on the dark relationship between intellectuals and power in Mexico.  Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer

Unraveling Mexican secrets


  When Mexican President Vicente Fox publicly opened a vast archive of confidential government files in 2000, investigative journalist Jacinto Rodriguez was one of the first in line to enter the former prison that houses the National Archive. There, inside the cells of what was once known as the “Black Palace,” Rodriguez spent more than a…