Sean Penn Says Mexico Government Wants to Make Him Cartel Target

  • Penn says he failed to start a dialogue about war on drugs
  • Penn speaks in interview with CBS's `60 Minutes' airing Sunday

Sean Penn

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Actor Sean Penn said the Mexican government’s assertions that his interview with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman led them to the fugitive drug kingpin are false and intended to make him a potential cartel target.

In an interview scheduled to air Sunday on CBS’s "60 Minutes," Penn emphasized that Guzman’s eventual capture took place far from the site of their meeting. Penn said his interview with Guzman was a failure because he wanted it to start a conversation about the war on drugs.

"I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to contribute to this discussion about the policy in the war on drugs," Penn said, according to a transcript of the interview with Charlie Rose. "Let me be clear. My article has failed."

Eduardo Sanchez, the spokesman for Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto, declined to comment on Penn’s assertion about the Mexican government’s intentions.

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