The Latest: Penn says 'nothin' to hide' over Guzman meeting

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Posted: Jan 11, 2016 1:42 PM
The Latest: Penn says 'nothin' to hide' over Guzman meeting

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The latest on the capture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, his meeting with Sean Penn and efforts to send Guzman to the United States (all times local):

12:40 a.m.

Actor Sean Penn's expressing no regrets about his clandestine visit to interview Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

In a brief email exchange with The Associated Press, Penn was asked about images published in Mexican news media Monday that appeared to show officials watching him and actress Kate Del Castillo ahead of their October visit with Guzman.

"I've got nothin' to hide," he wrote.

Guzman was captured last Friday, more than three months after Penn's Oct. 2 meeting with him in central Mexico and six months after escaping from prison.

Penn did not respond directly to questions on whether it was appropriate for him to submit his story to Guzman for approval in advance of publication, or whether he took adequate information and operational security measures to protect his source.

8:15 a.m.

Actor Sean Penn says he worried that officials were monitoring his trip to interview fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

He was right; he just didn't know how closely.

The Mexican newspaper El Universal has published 10 photographs that appear to show Penn and actress Kate Del Castillo arriving at an airport in October and greeting the men who apparently took them to a small airstrip, from which they flew to the jungle camp to meet Guzman.

The photos appear to have been taken with a telephoto lens from long distance. The newspaper said Monday they were part of a Mexican government intelligence file that it obtained.

Figures that closely resemble Penn and Del Castillo are seen wearing dark glasses, and in Penn's case, a baseball cap.

The newspaper says the intelligence file indicates that Mexican agents had been photographing Del Castillo since her first meeting with Guzman's lawyers in the city of Guadalajara, on June 16.

8:00 a.m.

The head of extradition for the Mexican Attorney General's Office says it probably will take at least a year to extradite Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States.

Officials had previously estimated a six-month minimum, but Jose Manuel Merino told local media that the extradition would probably take "one year or longer." Merino told Radio Formula that the length of the process would depend on how hard the defendant's lawyers fight each stage. Merino said the process had lasted as long as six years, in one case.

The Attorney General's Office issued a statement Sunday it's started the extradition mechanism by notifying Guzman that two arrest warrants from the U.S. are being processed.

Guzman was recaptured Friday, six months after breaking out of a Mexican prison.

Guzman's attorney Juan Pablo Badillo has said that the defense already has filed six motions to challenge extradition requests.