El Chapo's escape has some pretty interesting implications for the Obama administration.
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2015 — When the Sinaloa Cartel’s leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped from his Mexican dungeon last Saturday, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump Tweeted, “Mexico’s biggest drug lord escapes from jail. Unbelievable corruption and USA is paying the price. I told you so.”
El Chapo, who is quite the escape artist, fled his latest prison stint through a tunnel nearly one-mile long. But he hasn’t always worked that hard. He has been known to receive get-out-of-jail cards from his corrupt Mexican jailers.
The U.S. government acted in a similar manner concerning the notorious Boston mobster James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger.
Engaging in murder and racketeering weren’t considered all that shocking to Bulger’s government handlers. Bulger was a high-priority asset supposedly feeding the FBI information on rival gangs. One recipient of this information in particular — FBI Agent John Connolly — benefited financially from his association with Bulger, and according to ABC, even warned him “about a pending indictment, prompting Bulger to flee Boston.”
Agent Connolly was convicted of racketeering in 2002, and of second degree murder in 2008.
In 2012, Jesus Vincente Zambada-Niebla, the logistics (drug shipping) coordinator for El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel, made a startling claim while standing before U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo on charges of drug trafficking.
According to a motion filed by Zambada-Niebla’s attorneys, their client met “with United States government agents at the Sheraton Hotel in Mexico City in March of 2009 for the purpose of introducing Mr. Zambada-Niebla to the agents and for the purpose of his continuing to provide information to the DEA and the United States government personally.”
The motion further stated that “the operation known and authorized at the highest levels of the Justice Department [Operation Fast and Furious] and which included agents from ATF, DEA, FBI, ICE, and the IRS, allowed guns to be illegally purchased in the United States and transported to Mexico to end up in the hands of members of drug cartels … Justice and its agency partners knew that the foreseeable result of this strategy was that death and destruction would occur in Mexico and the result was not only approved but regarded with ‘giddy optimism by the ATF supervisors.’”
According to Zambada-Niebla, the U.S. government agreed to look the other way concerning the Sinaloa Cartel’s U.S. operations if the cartel agreed to provide information leading to the decimation of its deadly, drug-dealing Mexican rivals.
President Obama’s U.S. Attorney’s Office was quick to give the high-ranking cartel member a plea agreement, which sent him to prison for a mere ten years if he agreed to testify against his boss, El Chapo.
Near the bottom of that plea agreement was this:
“Based on Defendant’s complete and continued cooperation, the government agrees to take all appropriate measures, in its sole discretion, to address any serious security concerns that might arise affecting the Defendant or his family as a result of his cooperation.”
The agreement also stated:
“Defendant further understands that in the event he violates this Agreement, the government, as its option, may move to vacate the Agreement, rendering it null and void.”
Around 80 percent of illegal drugs flooding into Obama’s adopted city Chicago are provided by the Sinaloa Drug Cartel. And it was Zambada-Niebla who worked out the complex “logistics” required to get the cartel’s product to its Windy City customers.
Jesus Vincente Zambada-Niebla got a light prison sentence and U.S. government protection for his family. His silence on Operation Fast and Furious was further guaranteed with a not so subtle threat to remove (“vacate”) that protection should he break his side of the bargain.
A Mexican standoff, you might say.
With El Chapo out of his prison chains, the Obama administration suddenly has a very dangerous Fast and Furious loose-end running free.
Somewhere in the bowels of the White House, a team is probably assembling to coordinate the manhunt for El Chapo, along the same lines as that which found and killed Osama bin Laden.
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