Sean Penn Denies That His Meeting With 'El Chapo' Led to Drug Lord's Capture

The star actor said his article "failed" to fulfill its purpose, which was to discuss the policy of the war on drugs.
2:30 | 01/18/16

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Transcript for Sean Penn Denies That His Meeting With 'El Chapo' Led to Drug Lord's Capture
We begin with Sean Penn. He is setting the record straight about his secret interview with the druglord. His meeting led to the capture of el chapo and Matt Gutman has the story. Good morning. Penn says he was stunned at el chapo and accuses the Mexican government by setting him up by calling him essential and putting him right in the cross-hairs. This morning actor Sean Penn speaking out about meeting the world's most wanted druglord. I was stunned that he would risk our trip. I was stunned. Insisting the 60 minute Sunday night that his secret jungle meeting with el chapo facilitated by Mexican soap opera star Kate Dell Ka steel. There was this myth about the visit we made. We have had met with him many weeks earlier in a place nowhere near where he was captured. But Penn hints the Mexican and U.S. Governments may have used him as a pansy. Do you believe the Mexican government released this because they wanted to see you blamed and put at risk? Yes. And el chapo, the man blamed for thousands of deaths and supplying a quarter of the narcotics in the U.S. May be a scapegoat. Do you think we demonize el chapo too much? I think to overdemonnize any human being is not in our best interest. He says he got el chapo by tracking him with whom he was smitten. It was only because of the Mexican soap opera actor he met him. Mangling his name in this testimonial for the two actors. Penn concedes there's a chance he's in el chapo's Kras cross-hairs. They have dealt with misinformation for a long time. There are irrational people and so I can't say for sure, you know, that there's no risk. He's full of regret he says but not because of the danger. But because the article failed to bring about a debate about the war on drugs. My article failed. Let me be clear. My article has failed. Penn also very controversially agreed to give the druglord control over the article which el chapo didn't use. He may have been too busy running from the Mexican Marin Marines.

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