Sean Penn’s El Chapo Odyssey

A look at the persistent anti-Americanism of the celebrity who secretly interviewed the world’s biggest drug lord.

Four months ago, actor Sean Penn managed to secretly arrange and conduct an interview for Rolling Stone magazine with the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera—commonly known as “El Chapo”—who boasted that he traffics “more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world.” The interview took place in a remote location, deep in the Mexican jungle, at a time when Guzmán, who had escaped from Mexico’s most secure prison three months earlier, was running from Mexican and American authorities. In the Rolling Stone article which was based upon that interview, Penn suggests that the United States has been complicit in Guzmán’s crimes: “[A]re we, the American public, not indeed complicit in what we demonize? We are the consumers [of drugs], and as such, we are complicit in every murder, and in every corruption of an institution’s ability to protect the quality of life for citizens of Mexico and the United States that comes as a result of our insatiable appetite for illicit narcotics.”

  • BillyHW

    Sean Penn must also die (metaphorically).

  • ntt1

    Boycott the fool

  • andycanuck

    Boy, it’d be a real shame if anything happened to Sean.

  • If you watched the Charlie Rose interview, Sean Penn’s voice was quivering. And now he’s blaming the Mexican cops. What a fake. This is what I think the Mexicans should do: offer Sean Penn the highest Mexican honour for a foreign citizen — the capture of the most brutal narco-terrorist in Latin American history, responsible for more than 30,000 deaths. “Thank you Mr. Penn, for helping us to capture ‘El Chapo'”. And If El Chapo doesn’t get to him first, I will offer $10,000 to anyone who takes a shotgun to Sean Penn and blows his brains out, for deliberately supporting mass-murderer serial killers such as El Chapo.

    • Justin St.Denis

      To his credit, however, Penn seems to be carefully NOT following in the footsteps of Quentin Tarantino in goading the public’s patriotic spirit any further. He isn’t “digging his heels in” the way QT did.

  • mauser 98

    no way to treat El Chapo, a loyal CIA employee…unfair!!

    U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel
    that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs
    while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels.

    “Sinaloa, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, supplies 80% of the drugs entering the Chicago area and has a presence in cities across the U.S.”

    • Okay, slight criticism. Are you working for John Kerry (the old “CIA is marketing drugs to Black people” scam back in the California ’80’s)?

      Update me, I don’t pretend to know it all.

      • mauser 98

        yeah …it was called Iran Contra

        “According to a series of groundbreaking reports by the San Jose Mercury News,
        for the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring,
        comprised of CIA and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents and informants,
        sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los

        As a result, Webb concluded, the CIA was complicit in a drug
        trade that was wreaking havoc on African American communities in Los Angeles

      • mauser 98

        …lots there

        CIA pilot tells of using secret Costa Rican airstrip to traffic guns, cocaine

        • Okay, my turn for an update — the San Jose Mercury News investigator was assassinated in his driveway a number of years ago. A good thing, as far as I’m concerned. CIA? Who knows, but still a good thing as far as I’m concerned. This man lied more about Central America and the so-called “Iran-Contra” war more than all the books put together by Noam Chomsky. How do I know? Because I read everything he wrote — I’ve read more Left-wing literature in my lifetime than right-wing literature. Gary Webb was a fake, and he worked for John Kerry, and they both miserably failed. Although it’s a number of years I remember one of Webb’s arguments, something to the effect: “there was a guy in Florida who was identified as a CIA agent who wore a black hat — there was also a guy spotted in California with a black hat — it must have been the same guy!” That’s why a Congressional investigation rejected everything this dead dickhead had to say.

          • mauser 98

            ….. fake Webb dead

            The CIA, the drug dealers, and the tragedy of Gary Webb


            and the CIA is incapable of such crimes?

          • mauser 98

            Congressional investigation?? how about a 100 constitutional crimes Bummer has committed?
            his real legal name is not known

          • Okay, I’m not going to argue about the American side of things — you’re better positioned and probably better informed. But I will argue on the Contra side of the issue — I was there and I know what I’m talking about. Webb was full of shit re: C.A. and how Iran-Contra played out. Maybe he thought his words were just a game, but I was witness to the fact of how the freedom fighters suffered and felt betrayed by the U.S. after funding was cut by Congress. Oliver North was a hero. These were simple farmers with no beef with the world. Do you know what these people are doing today? They are working with the drug Cartels. The opposite scenario of what the Left misrepresented at the time — they are doing the exact opposite today of what the Left and Noam Chomsky and Gary Webb and John Kerry misrepresented at the time. The CIA isn’t responsible for drug trafficking, Noam Chomsky and John Kerry and the (thankfully) dead Gary Webb are. I’m glad somebody plugged the bugger. And hopefully somebody will plug Sean Penn.

          • mauser 98

            El Chapo is Manuel Noriega redux,
            a free enterprise capitalist burned by his employer

            “It is beyond the scope
            of this article to describe just how well Gary Webb used
            court records, DEA, Justice Department, CIA and L.A. County
            Sheriff’s records to establish that the drug dealing operations
            of Danilo Blandon and Norwin Meneses were sanctioned and
            protected by both DEA and the CIA”

          • The CIA often hired private aircraft and private runways (such as the John Hull ranch in Costa Rica) in order to ferry around munitions and supplies for the Contra. Webb’s entire indictment was based on what these private operators and their aircraft and runways were being used for when they were NOT being used by the CIA. It was a commie smear campaign, plain and simple.

            And according to Webb (and then Senator John Kerry) the reason why the DEA, the CIA etc. would deal drugs was in order to target Black people in Los Angeles and turn them into addicts. They blamed the entire L.A. “crack explosion” of the ’80’s on these Government institutions under Reagan, tried to connect it to racism, the anti-communist uprising in Nicaragua, etc. — a vast right-wing Reagan conspiracy. I would have an easier time believing the Left’s 9/11 conspiracy than swallowing a yarn like that. The fact is that it was the Colombian Cartels and communist organizations such as the FARC, backed by Fidel Castro, who were supplying cocaine to L.A. and ruining the lives of Black people.

          • mauser 98

            was it not CIA duty to stop those that were?
            was there a meeting at CIA Langley HQ to organize this stuff? of course not .. some cowboys within let it happen , looked the other way or enabled it by other parties.. does not make them innocent

            “CIA finally admitted that it was CIA policy to keep Contra drug traffickers on the CIA payroll”

            page 24116


          • Intelligence agents are not cops — they don’t have powers of arrest, etc. And most of the time their testimony can’t be used in court for security reasons. The DEA is a different story, albeit I imagine an equally difficult job with specific rules of engagement in an international context.

            “Contra drug traffickers”? I rubbed shoulders plenty of times with the Contra, was in their camps, and even hired some of them once when they were off-duty. I never saw drugs, not even marijuana. Most of them were practicing Christians. The “Contra” being referred to were probably not the guerrilla freedom-fighters I was familiar with, it sounds like guys based in the U.S. tasked with bureaucratic duties who got money hungry and went off the rails. I never heard those names before and I was familiar with some of the top commanders. I’ll bet those guys you mentioned never stepped foot in the jungles of Central America and nobody there would even recognize them.

          • mauser 98

            …too big to jail

            Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money

          • mauser 98

            …if Geraldo says so it must be true

            U.S. Marines are now tasked with guarding the opium crops


          • Okay, I get your other points.

          • mauser 98

            ‘ am not pretending to be as experienced , versed in such matters as you… i just think the government is guilty until proven innocent

          • You’re better versed on what was going on Stateside — depending on where I was living I sometimes went years without seeing a U.S. news report or speaking with another English-speaking person.