-The government kept getting objections sustained during cross-examination.
*****The judge then makes a ruling on whether the objection is "sustained" (the judge agrees with the objection and disallows the question, testimony, or evidence) or "overruled" (the judge disagrees with the objection and allows the question, testimony, or evidence).
-That led to several sidebar conversations, presumably to discuss what could and couldn't be asked.
-More than a dozen objections and 6 sidebars in roughly 30 minutes of cross.
-Cristian eventually became an informant and gave the FBI access to Chapo's FlexiSpy accounts, allowing the feds to see all of the messages he'd been sending to people in his network. It seems Chapo's jealousy and paranoia is what ultimately led to his downfall.
-The government's witness, Christian Rodriguez, said he held meetings with Colombian capo Jorge Cifuentes in 2008 in Ecuador, who hired him to install an instant messaging system for his cartel.
-The system was installed for 100 users with a VPN. Cifuentes was so satisfied with the service that he recommended it to # Chapo . Jorge Cifuentes' brother, Alex Cifuentes, worked with Guzmán in the mountains of Culiacán and was in charge of contacting him so that
****The VPN is how Chapo was allowed to connect via wifi and communicate on the system
-'I went to Mexico because I had special technological needs.'
*****VOIP is much more common now, but 10 years ago his skills were much more rare, especially in Mexico.
-Here's the corroborating info used by the FBI to confirm that Chapo was the one sending messages to Emma Coronel and his mistresses under the name "J." It includes more than we ever needed to know about him, like pants size.
-Almost every day, Rodriguez said, Chapo would call him with questions about the spyware, which was linked to a computer where the kingpin could view reports on the text messages and G.P.S. locations generated by what he liked to call his “special phones.”
-Eventually, the reports became so bulky that Chapo assigned one of his other techies to read them and give him daily summaries.
-At one point, he asked Rodriguez to install a new feature on the phones, allowing him to remotely and secretly activate their microphones.
-Chapo would play a little game.
-He would call people who had the “special” phones and chat with them a while then hang up, secretly activate the mic and listen to what they said about him.
-Rodriguez said Chapo once asked him how long it would take to make a computer “special” too.
-This took place while Rodriguez was at one of Chapo's hide-outs in the mountains. A woman was also there with them.
-When the techie told kingpin it would only take three minutes to install the spyware on the woman's computer, Chapo ordered him to do it.
-“El Chapo distracted the woman and I installed the spy software,” Rodriguez said.