El Chapo’s daughter is the latest person to break her silence about the drug lord and his escape. She has given an interview claiming that El Chapo was able to stay on the run for so long, and to even cross the border into California twice, due to the help of corrupt Mexican officials.
Talking to the Guardian, Rosa Isela Guzmán Ortiz says her father was able to bribe senior officials to build his empire, and then to evade capture later on. “My dad is not a criminal. The government is guilty,” she said. Guzmán Ortiz says that her family might publish copies of monetary checks that El Chapo gave to politicians to expose those who aided or were complicit in his crimes.
In a less important development, back in January, Sean Penn interviewed escaped drug lord El Chapo to great derision for Rolling Stone. He then went on 60 Minutes to say that he regretted that this interview didn’t start a conversation about the war on drugs, as if others weren’t trying to do the same thing.