A jaw-dropping twist this morning to the story of the Colombian IT guy who helped the FBI crack El Chapo's encrypted comms network.
He also helped the feds tap the kingpin's texts w/his wiife, Emma Coronel, taking us deep into the intimacies (and crimes) of their marriage.
The texts are mind-boggling.
One moment, the couple is cooing over how cute their twin daughters are and talking about Emma's enchiladas, the next their talking about whether Chapo's soldiers were slaughtered in a gunfight.
We see texts from the aftermath of Chapo's escape from a police raid in Los Cabos in 2012. He describes how he saw the cops pounding the door of a nearby house and was able to jump out the window just in time.
"Oh love, that's horrible," Emma write.
In February 2010, an undercover FBI agent met with the target of a sensitive investigation: Christian Rodriguez, an IT specialist who had recently developed a remarkable product: an encrypted communication network for the Mexican drug lord El Chapo and his Colombian partners.
The two sat down in a hotel in Manhattan and posing as a gangster, the undercover agent told the cartel's IT guy that he, too, needed to make phone calls without law enforcement being able to listen.
So began a secret operation that w/in a year allowed the FBI to crack El Chapo's covert communication system and ultimately capture up to 200 phone calls of the kingpin talking to his associates. The FBI agent who led this operation testified about it today at Chapo's trial.