Sitting down with Charlie Rose in Santa Monica Thursday evening, Sean Penn clarifies his interview with Mexican drug lord El Chapo.
The full interview will play out on CBS’s evening newscast, Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes, and in its entirety on Rose’s PBS program; this morning Rose shared an excerpt from the interview on CBS This Morning, where the actor says his only regret is that he thinks his interview “failed”; in its intended purpose.
“I have terrible regrets,”; Penn says. “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 on the war on drugs.”;
Rose originally tells Gayle King that after Mexican authorities said knowledge of Penn’s trip helped them move in on drug lord Joaquin Guzman, the actor feared for his life, but Penn refutes those claims saying that while he’s not fearful for his life, he does believe the Mexican government wanted to encourage the cartel to believe so.
“We know the Mexican government, they clearly were humiliated by the notion that someone found him before they did,” Penn says. “Nobody found him before they did. We are not smarter than the DEA, or Mexican intelligence. We had a contact upon which we were able to facilitate an invitation.”
Penn says, when asked, he believes Mexican government released this statement, in part because they wanted to put him at risk.
“They wanted to encourage the cartel to put you in their crosshairs?” Rose asks.
“Yes,” Penn reiterates.
“This myth about the visit that we made — my colleagues and I — that it was …essential to his capture,”; Penn shares. “We had met with him many weeks ago on October 2. In a place nowhere near where he was captured.”;
“I thought only, this is somebody upon whose interview could I begin a conversation about the policy on the war on drugs. That was my simple idea,” Penn tells Rose, when asked why he did the interview.
“My article has failed. Let me be clear, my article has failed,” Penn acknowledges. Watch more of Charlie Rose’s interview with Sean Penn below.
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