-How do we know *exactly* what Alex said to his mom?
-Turns out the personal assistant, Andrea Fernandez Velez, is another cooperator in the case.
-And it appears she gave much of Alex's correspondence with (and through her) to the United States of America.
-In 2013, when Chapo learned the IT guy had betrayed him, he ordered Alex to track him down and kill him. Alex had real skin in the game. Rodriguez had also helped the feds track down and arrest his older brother, Jorge Cifuentes.
-Alex said only people close to Chapo were allowed to call him directly on the encrypted phone network.
-Each person had their own "extension" on the network, including Mayo, Chapo's brother El Guano, and Damaso Lopez.
-The FBI presumably has recordings of all of these phone conversations.
-So the first thing Alex did was get his personal assistant to set up a call with his mom.
-He told his mom to get a message to Jorge (presumably in custody) that Rodriguez was the guy "who blew the whistle."
-"The communications guy was the one who did the bad deed," Alex said.
-Alex was initially in charge of monitoring the spyware, and he noticed that Chapo has a particular way of writing: "He has some spelling mistakes. He writes long texts. He mixes up Y with I. Where there's an H in the middle of a word he won't put it in. He repeats the letter E."
-Back in 2009-2011 (witnesses can’t nail down the year), authorities almost caught Chapo, who escaped on foot with Christian Rodriguez, Alex Cifuentes and a slew of guards - armed with AK47s, AR15s, bazookas, grenades and Barrett 50s - for 1-3 days (depending on who you talk to).
****Rodriguez told us this same story Wednesday or Thursday of last week.
-Don Juan, El Chapo’s godfather and most trusted associate also escaped with Chapo … oh, and “I believe there were some females as well,” Alex Cifuentes recalled, without giving names.
***Regarding Litchman text I told you about first thing this morning
****The lawyers approached the judge worried that this coverage could skew the jurors. Judge Cogan spoke with the jury, who assured him that they did not know what he was talking about, since they had not consulted the media, as he himself indicated. The judge closed the topic
-The testimony of Alex Cifuentes continued. He mentioned some of the many properties that Chapo had in the sierra of the golden triangle: La Cancha Las Trancas Dos in the Centenario Casas Viejas or Don José area in Las Coloradas La Playa (near a dam).
-Las Coloradas was special, among other things, because it had a landing strip as a plateau with red earth of more than 650 meters that was very wide and comfortable to land.
-The properties were small pine houses made in the place by the carpenter El Pantera. They had: polarized windows, electricity, electric generators, Sky with satellite, plasma TV, DVD, washing machine, dryer, refrigerator "and everything you need"
-Among his personal escorts were: the Condor, the 50, the Picudo, Chaneque, Memin "who was very sharp, restless" then he became personal secretary but he bought a Mercedes Benz with the money "from the office of Culiacan" and the Chapo he ordered him to give a beating
-When El Chapo learned that Christian Rodriguez had given Jorge Cifuentes to the gringos, he told Alex and asked him to find him to kill him. Alex was looking for Christian since January 2013, but never found him. He does not know if he is alive or dead.
-Alex offered some new details about a pivotal moment in Sinaloa cartel history the arrest of Alfredo Beltrán-Leyva aka El Mochomo and the subsequent split between Chapo and the Beltrán-Leyva brothers.
-The story has always been that Chapo gave up Mochomo to Mexican authorities in exchange for getting one of his sons out of jail.
-Alex said that wasn't true, that it was actually a result of Mochomo throwing an ostentatious birthday party in Culiacán.
-Chapo's life in the mountains got rough. The army was constantly after them. They were always on "red alert" because helicopters were circling their hideouts. "Sometimes we would have to sleep on the ground because we didn't have time to reach a camp."
-Chapo had a warning network in place to alert him when the military was coming, but Alex said one of his lookouts was "paranoid." Eventually, Chapo had to tell him "call me five minutes before the army is close and even if I'm naked I'll run away, just like that."
-One guardsman became "paranoid" Alex Cifuentes said, adding that Chapo finally told him to calm down and only wake him up with an alert five minutes before the authorities were supposed to push through the doors. "And if I'm naked," Chapo said. "I'll just run out just like that."
-They switched houses every 20 days, if there were no alerts. Otherwise, they switched more often.
-Alex Cifuentes convinced Chapo to bribe Ecuadorian judges with half a million dollars to get an Ecuadorian captain off drug trafficking charges. Chapo paid the bribe, securing Telmo Castro as his own personal trafficker and forcing Castro to provide him with his cocaine supplier.
-But problems with Telmo Castro started happening in 2012, after a small plane loaded with $5 million of Chapo’s money crashed en route to Ecuador. The money was intended to purchase cocaine. “And two pilots died,” Alex Cifuentes added as an after-thought.