Caption:BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 09: Host Sean Penn attends the 5th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo : Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for J/P HRO)
Even Sean Penn is not exempted from framing.
Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested last week and brought back to the prison he escaped from. While this is considered a success for the Mexican government, actor and producer Penn made headlines following his capture when famous magazine Rolling Stone published his account of visiting the most wanted drug lord last October.
"There is this myth about the visit that we made, my colleagues and I with El Chapo, that it was -- as the Attorney General of Mexico is quoted -- 'essential' to his capture," Penn shares as per CBS News. "We had met with him many weeks earlier...on October 2nd, in a place nowhere near where he was captured," Penn clarifies as per the same report.
According to Fox News Latino, Penn's interview with Guzmán "was meant to begin a conversation about the war on drugs." Penn also took the interview as an opportunity to express that he is upset about the coverage it has received after the Sinaloa drug lord was arrested.
"I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy in the War on Drugs," Penn says as told by Fox News Latino. "My article failed."
Penn encouraged viewers to look at the big picture of what everyone wants: "We all want this drug problem to stop. We all want them - the killings in Chicago to stop," He adds, as per Fox News Latino: "We are the consumer. Whether you agree with Sean Penn or not, there is a complicity there. And if you are in the moral right, or on the far left, just as many of your children are doing these drugs ... And how much time have they spent in the last week since this article come [sic] out, talking about that? One percent? I think that'd be generous."
According to Penn, the Mexican government is to blame for the stories swirling online as they wanted him blamed for El Chapo's capture as well as to encourage the uncaptured Sinaloa cartel leaders to target him. However, he is not at all fearful for what might happen to him.
"Here's the things that we know: We know that the Mexican government ... they were clearly very humiliated by the notion that someone found him before they did," Penn says, as per Fox News Latino. He also notes that nobody found "El Chapo" before they did. "We didn't - we're not smarter than the DEA or the Mexican intelligence. We had a contact upon which we were able to facilitate an invitation," he clarifies according to the same report.
Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone's publisher, defends Penn and the publication saying "it was a small price to pay" for an exclusive interview with Guzman - the world's most wanted drug cartel lord.