Sean Penn: Mexican government feel ‘humiliated’ after ‘El Chapo’ interview

Actor claims Mexican government are trying to turn drug cartel against him

Actor Sean Penn has alleged that the Mexican government are seeking revenge after “feeling humiliated” that he interviewed drug lord El Chapo shortly before his recent recapture.

Sinaloa cartel boss El Chapo – real name Joaquin Guzman – was arrested last week (January 8) after being on the run since breaking out of jail in July last year.

Penn interviewed El Chapo for Rolling Stone magazine, which the Mexican government says contributed to them tracking down the criminal.

Now, speaking to CBS‘s Charlie Rose, Penn said that Mexico’s authorities were “clearly very humiliated by the notion that someone found him before they did”, but added “We’re not smarter than DEA or the Mexican intelligence. We had a contact upon which we were able to facilitate an invitation”.

Asked whether he thought the government “want to see you blamed and to put you at risk”, Penn replied “Yes” but asserted that he’s not fearful for his life.

Penn also stated that he had intended his piece to open “conversation about the policy of the war on drugs” and was disappointed that the focus was instead on his participation.

“My article failed,” he said. “Let me be clear. My article has failed.”

El Chapo’s escape was the second time he managed to do so from a maximum security prison in Mexico. It is thought that he could now face extradition to the US.