Report: Sean Penn under investigation after secret interview with Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’

Penn-ElChapoOn Sunday, The Blaze said that actor Sean Penn is under investigation for a secret Rolling Stone interview he did with notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, citing a report by ABC News.

Penn,  Kaitlyn Schallhorn said, “was in contact with Guzman for several months – through burner phones and emails, as he details in his piece — and authorities are investigating why the actor did not turn in the wanted man.”

Rolling Stone published the interview and according to a Mexican official, Penn is now under investigation.

The Blaze added:

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Kate del Castillo, the Mexican actress who Penn has said helped facilitate the meeting between him and Guzman is also reportedly being investigated. Variety reported that Castillo translated for the men during their meeting.

Penn’s interview with Guzman occurred while he was on the run from authorities following his second prison break last July. According to the Associated Press, it was Penn’s interview that helped authorities locate Guzman and recapture him.

Mexico Attorney General Arely Gomez said Friday that Guzman had contacted actors and producers apparently seeking a possible movie about his life which gave law enforcement a lead on tracking and eventually capturing him.

Here’s video released by Rolling Stone:

Penn defended his decision to not turn Guzman in.

“I take no pride in keeping secrets that may be perceived as protecting criminals, nor do I have any gloating arrogance at posing for selfies with unknowing security men,” he wrote. “But I’m in my rhythm. Everything I say to everyone must be true.”

The fact is, BizPac Review added, Penn feared for his life.

“The trust that El Chapo had extended to us was not to be f***ed with,” he added. “This will be the first interview El Chapo had ever granted outside an interrogation room, leaving me no precedent by which to measure the hazards. I’d seen plenty of video and graphic photography of those beheaded, exploded, dismembered or bullet-riddled innocents, activists, courageous journalists and cartel enemies alike.”

Meanwhile, calls are growing for Penn’s arrest on Twitter.

And Rolling Stone is also under fire:

Moreover, Variety said, “the entire Rolling Stone story was submitted to El Chapo for approval, and Penn says the drug lord did not ask for any changes.”

Ironic indeed.


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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