A story in Thursday’s Washington Times saying that Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican fugitive drug trafficker known as “El Chapo,” threatened the leader of the Islamic State, is apparently a hoax that was originally picked up by a site that reports on cartel news.
ThugLifeVideos.com told the Daily Mail and Snopes.com that Steve Charnock and his boss thought up the satire and wrote it on Nov. 30. The story on ThugLifeVideos.com wasn’t labeled as a satire on Thursday, and the site’s “About” section claimed it runs “more serious content” with the “odd satire stories.” On Friday, the story carried the satire label.
ThugLifeVideos confirmed to The Times on Friday that it was a hoax.
“We work in a massive viral network of websites that writes entertainment stories, sometimes we will have the odd satire post,” Jacob Willis from ThugLifeVideos told The Times in an email. “We fully intend for them to go viral, but not make it into mainstream media, that’s why we reached out to the Daily mail [sic] to set the story straight.”
Apparently, cartelblog.com, which reports on the Mexican drug cartels, initially wrote about an email sent from Guzman to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State terror group, saying: “Your god cannot save you from the true terror that my men will levy at you if you continue to impact my operation.”
Cartelblog.com attributed its information to a Mexican blogger with “intimate ties with actual Sinaloa cartel members …”
Rusty Payne, a DEA spokesperson, told Forbes on Thursday via e-mail: “I don’t have any information to weigh in either way.”
The hoax was reported by The Times and other national publications.
The Times has reached out to cartelblog.com without answer. Since Guzman is a missing fugitive drug kingpin, The Times could not call him directly to confirm the information in the original cartelblog.com post.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the fugitive Mexican drug trafficker, reportedly issued a threat in an encrypted email to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State terror group, saying: “Your god cannot save you from the true terror that my men will levy at you if you continue to impact my operation.”
Apparently, one of the drug kingpin’s shipments was destroyed by the Islamic State, the U.K. Mirror reported Thursday.
“My men will destroy you. The world is not yours to dictate. I pity the next son of a whore that tries to interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel. I will have their heart and tongue torn from them,” Guzman said in an email, cartelblog.com reported.
Guzman has been a fugitive since he dug his way out of a Mexican maximum security prison and fled in an underground tunnel on July 11. This was his second escape. In 2001, he had escaped another maximum security prison in Mexico, but he was later recaptured in 2014.
Mexican officials said they thought Guzman had injured his leg and face during the latest escape through the tunnel.