El Chapo Trial: Kingpin Used Spyware to Obsessively Monitor His Wife and Mistress

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“Our Kiki is fearless,” he wrote. “I’m going to present her an AK-47 so she will be able to hold with me.”

The messages additionally confirmed how deeply Mr. Guzmán’s romantic companions had been entangled in his work life.

“How are the gross sales going?” he wrote to Ms. Acosta in 2012.

“Oh, like busy bees,” she responded. “Nonstop, my love.”

However Ms. Acosta (who, in line with a photograph, bore an uncanny resemblance to Mr. Guzmán’s spouse) additionally seemed to be profoundly suspicious of the crime lord. Her personal messages confirmed that she was all however sure Mr. Guzmán was spying on her — as, in fact, he was. She even complained about it to her buddies.

In a single message, she advised a good friend that she didn’t belief the BlackBerries Mr. Guzmán had given her as a result of, as she put it, he “can find them.” In one other message, she appeared proud to have found out her lover was a snoop. “I’m means smarter than him,” she wrote.

After scores of messages had been proven in court docket, Mr. Rodriguez was referred to as to the witness stand. Child-faced and carrying a blue swimsuit, he advised jurors that Mr. Guzmán in the end had him set up the spyware and adware on 50 totally different telephones and was apparently obsessive about it.

Virtually day by day, Mr. Rodriguez mentioned, the kingpin referred to as him with questions concerning the software program, which was linked to a pc the place Mr. Guzmán might view studies on the textual content messages and GPS places generated by what he appreciated to name his “particular telephones.” Ultimately, the studies grew to become so voluminous, Mr. Rodriguez mentioned, that Mr. Guzmán assigned one in all his different technicians to learn them and provides him each day summaries.

At one level, Mr. Rodriguez advised jurors, Mr. Guzmán requested him to put in a function on the telephones that allowed him to remotely — and secretly — activate their microphones. Then Mr. Guzmán would play somewhat recreation, Mr. Rodriguez mentioned. He would name individuals who had the “particular” telephones and chat with them for some time then hold up, activate the microphone and take heed to what they mentioned about him.

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