Did Sean Penn’s Meeting With El Chapo Help Authorities Track Down the Kingpin?
Oct 20, Sean Penn Rep Rips 'Delusional' Kate del Castillo's El Chapo Doc as nor would producers edit out the D.O.J. connection in question. Penn's. Jan 9, Sean Penn and 'El Chapo': What We Know Mr. Penn heard about the connection with Ms. del Castillo through a mutual acquaintance, and. Oct 19, Sean Penn is turning up the heat on Netflix over the series on his infamous meeting with Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
After a sustained operation, Guzman gave himself up and was rearrested in a resort hotel in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Guzman's lawyers contact del Castillo.
In late summerdel Castillo said Guzman's lawyers contacted her to ask if she was interested in producing a film about his life. Del Castillo meets Guzman's lawyer. Guzman escapes from prison a second time. Guzman escaped from Altipano Prison after less than 17 months later through a hole in his shower. He escaped through a mile-long tunnel dug underneath his cell 30 feet underground. The tunnel had oxygen pipes, lighting and a motorbike mounted on rails, and seven prison officials are charged in connection with the escape.
Del Castillo and Chapo have direct contact through text messages for the first time. Guzman's lawyer gave del Castillo a mobile phone to contact Guzman directly. She began exchanging BlackBerry messages with Guzman.
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In a text conversation with Guzman on Sept. Guzman agreed and told him to allow her to bring whatever and whoever she likes. The next day, del Castillo messaged Guzman about their future meeting.
A photo posted by Kate del Castillo katedelcastillo on Oct 3, at 7: Del Castillo and Sean Penn meet Guzman. They first took a small plane, then a truck into the mountains, and they were then escorted by one of Guzman's sons. During the meeting, Guzman gave Penn permission to write a story about him for Rolling Stone magazine.
After an unsuccessful raid of his hideout launched by the Mexican Navy, Guzman sustained injuries to his legs and face, but the injuries were not the result of a direct confrontation.
Guzman is captured a third time. Mexican marines raided the home in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, where Guzman was staying.
They exchanged fire with Guzman's men, killing five of them, while Guzman escaped through a hidden door in a walk-in closet. Despite emerging outside through a manhole and stealing two cars, Guzman was caught by police.
He is currently being held at a maximum-security prison in Mexico, but he is willing to accept extradition to the United States. Penn's Rolling Stone magazine article about Guzman is published. We had a contact upon which we were able to facilitate an invitation. The Southern District declined to comment on the existence or status of the reported probe of Penn. No formal charges have been brought against Penn or del Castillo in either country.
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I assume that they were trying to protect Mr. Penn as well as themselves. If Chapo had never met with Penn, he would still be at large.
Penn or anyone on his behalf alerted DOJ to the trip is a complete fabrication and bald-faced lie. The statement also implies that del Castillo and those close to her are engaged in an effort of self-promotion. Text messages exchanged between El Chapo and del Castillo were scooped up by Mexican authorities and eventually leaked to the newspaper Milenio. In the Netflix series, del Castillo and some close to her allege that the government manipulated the content of the messages in an attempt to smear her reputation.
Whether or not similar surveillance was conducted specifically on Penn by either Mexican or US authorities remains uncertain.
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Unlike last time, when he was a fugitive for more than a decade, this time he got cocky and careless with a lot of people, including apparently with Ms. Other former US officials pointed out that the meeting was just one element of a vast operation to track down El Chapo following his July prison break. Peter Vincent, a former high-ranking official with the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, downplayed the role of the meeting in comments to InSight Crime.
Thomas Cash, a former high-ranking official with the DEA in Miami, went even further than Vincent, implying the meeting was completely insignificant. Penn or his group were even relevant to finding El Chapo is completely absurd, and candidly, if Mr. The DHS documents contain what appears to be an English summary of the ABC report accompanied by the same picture that accompanied the original article. The picture in the DHS documents is grainy and redacted, but it is possible to make out the resemblance.
Screenshot of original ABC article.
He is suspected of belonging to the corrupt drug trafficking networks within the Venezuelan military known as the Cartel of the Suns. Penn has well-established ties with the Venezuelan government. According to ABC, DEA sources claimed that El Chapo himself had traveled to Venezuela previously and may have been in the country in August or Septembershortly before the encounter between Penn and one of his children.