Rolling Stone magazine has released its full 17-minute video interview with El Chapo days after the notorious drug lord was captured and it emerged he had met with Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn.
The release on Tuesday afternoon came as questions continue to circle around the legal status of Penn’s jungle rendez-vous with the Sinaloa cartel leader, who was on the run from Mexican authorities after escaping jail.
But Penn has batted away claims he should be indicted – and may even sit down for an interview with CBS News’ Charlie Rose to explain himself.
The interview itself consists of El Chapo answering questions Sean Penn emailed to him. He reads his responses aloud to a video camera held by one of his associates.
It opens with a question about his childhood, then asks how he got into the drug business.
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This is the moment El Chapo explains to Rolling Stone magazine how he got into the drug business. He claims in the 17-minute video that growing and selling marijuana was the only way to survive in his area
Rolling Stone magazine has released its full 17-minute video interview with El Chapo days after the notorious drug lord was captured and it emerged he had met with Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn (pictured together)
Previously, the magazine posted a short extract of the interview.
Publishing the video on Tuesday, Rolling Stone wrote: ‘Ultimately, it proved impossible to do the interview in-person, but Penn sent questions by BBM device and Chapo agreed to record his responses on videotape.
‘Without being present, Penn could neither control the questioning, nor prod for elaborations into his responses.’
The transcript from the video is published in question-and-answer form in Penn’s 10,000-word article.
The video shows El Chapo sat in a blue paisley shirt and baseball cap on what appears to be a ranch. A rooster can be heard screeching throughout.
It starts with El Chapo’s associate reading out the question: ‘How was your childhood?’
Guzmán responds: ‘I remember from the time I was six until now, my parents… a very humble family, very poor.
‘I remember how my mom made bread to support the family, I would sell it, I sold oranges, I sold soft drinks, I sold candy.
‘My mom was a very hard worker, she worked a lot. We grew corn… beans.
‘I took care of my grandmother’s cattle.’
He then describes how he made the segway into drugs at the age of 15 while living on a ranch called La Tuna in the Municipality of Badiraguato.
‘In that area and up until today there are no job opportunities,’ he said.
‘The way to have… to be able to buy food, to survive, is to grow poppy and marijuana.’
He continued: ‘From there, from my ranch, I started leaving at 18 to Culiacan then after to Guadalajara – but I never stopped visiting the ranch, even now, because my mother, thank God, is still alive and lives out there on the ranch, La Tuna.’
Minutes before the video was released, Charlie Rose announced that Penn has agreed to talk to him about his interview with Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman for Rolling Stone magazine.
Penn’s exclusive turned out to be controversial.
Authorities said his meeting with one of the world’s most wanted men helped them track him down, and Penn was criticized for giving El Chapo the chance to review his article before it was published.
Rose, a co-host of CBS This Morning and host of a PBS talk show, said it’s not clear when the interview will take place.
The Sinaloa cartel leader was on the run from Mexican authorities after escaping jail