Kate del Castillo, a reporter who arranged a meeting between Sean Penn and Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, is about to release a three-part documentary on that meeting that includes much commentary from El Chapo’s attorney, who claimed he never trusted Penn and that he had advised Guzman about it. The documentary claims that it was that meeting and other conversations that led to the recapture of El Chapo. That being the case, doesn’t Penn have reason to worry for his life?
The series out Friday, ‘The Day I Met El Chapo,’ del Castillo describes how she began speaking with the dangerous drug king pin, and how it was during the very meeting with him that Penn suddenly sprang an interview on Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman for Rolling Stone magazine.
During an intense meeting, while sitting at the table amongst the then fugitive’s closest associates in the Sinaloa mountains, del Castillo says she, and Guzman, believed they were there to discuss a movie about him, but that Penn sprang a request for an interview on behalf of the magazine.
Guzman’s lawyer, Andres Granados, is featured prominently throughout the Netflix series. He says in on camera interviews that he never trusted Penn and had advised his boss as much. The series argues that the meeting with Guzman, and the conversations leading up to an interview with Rolling Stone- ultimately led to the capture of the cartel lord.
Getting a meeting with El Chapo was not easy because Guzman was on the run after an elaborate escape from a Mexican prison. His lawyer claims that he tried to talk Guzman out of the meeting to no avail. Guzman was thinking that Penn wanted to do a movie about him and that he was surprised when he asked to interview him for Rolling Stone magazine instead.
The Mexican government, which was embarrassed by the jailbreak, had followed Penn and del Castillo from the moment they landed in Mexico. Del Castillo said that they were ordered to leave their phones and anything else they had brought with them behind. She said that she checked her bag but that Penn did not. That has to make it look suspicious, no matter how innocent Penn may have been.
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Del Castillo says Guzman’s lawyer instructed them before leaving the airport on a very long journey to their final destination: ‘He told us to leave behind our phones and everything we had brought.’
‘And we did, expect Sean who had a small suitcase he had brought along.’
Attorney Granados also says on camera ‘From what I understand Sean Penn hadn’t checked his bags because Mr. Guzman never asked. He simply trusted the people who were coming.’
But after they arrived in Mexico at the airport, they were able to fool the authorities, as ‘El Chapo’s people are professionals in that area,’ according to an expert in the series.
The cartel had arranged for several different women who were used as decoys for del Castillo to throw anyone following them off- sent out in cars in different directions.
So the $64,000 dollar question is: “Does El Chapo believe that del Castillo and Penn set him up? Will the documentary which does make Penn look more suspicious that he might actually be?”
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