Is Sean Penn’s Story About El Chapo Even Plausible? Experts Think Not

by BEENISH AHMED – American actor Sean Penn led authorities to capture Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, according to a Mexican federal law enforcement official who spoke with reporters from the Associated Press after the notorious drug lord was arrested on Friday. Mexico’s Attorney General, however, said that authorities were tipped off by one of the cartel’s tunnel builders. For now, analysts have competing views about details of Penn’s escapade to meet the druglord along with Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo. ThinkProgress spoke to one Mexico expert who found Penn’s account of the encounter to be unbelievable and another who thought it cohered with what is known about El Chapo and his cartel. Up first, the skeptic. Jeronimo Cortina is a professor at University of Houston’s Center for Mexican American Studies. He told ThinkProgress that elements of Penn’s dramatic account of meeting El Chapo didn’t add up. “It’s like a Mexican...

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