When news broke that the most powerful drug lord in the world–Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman–managed to escape maximum security prison in Mexico for a second time, questions of corruption were immediately raised. Media outlets called it an embarrassment to the Mexican government and President Enrique Peña Nieto, who refused to extradite El Chapo to the U.S. when he was arrested in February 2014.
But a plan of extradition may have been the very reason for El Chapo’s escape this time around.
Former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castañeda told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos that it’s possible plans of extradition were leaked to El Chapo.
“My concern is that very few weeks ago, the Mexican government decided to extradite Chapo, to send him to the United States,” Castañeda said, “and they leaked the information, and that’s why he took advantage of the tunnel that he had already constructed, to leave, like he did in 2001.”
Ramos asked Castañeda what El Chapo’s escape means for Mexico and Peña Nieto’s presidency.
“I don’t know if it’s the biggest failure in his administration,” he said, “but it’s certainly the biggest crisis he has faced.”
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