Leaked audio from El Chapo's prison cell as he escaped is downright embarrassing for Mexico's government

New Video Reveals 'El Chapo' in Cell Before Escape
New Video Reveals 'El Chapo' in Cell Before Escape

The silent, grainy video of the world's most notorious drug lord calmly walking toward his private shower reveals just how easy Joaquin"El Chapo" Guzmán's escape from a Mexican maximum-security prison was.

A new clip with audio, presented by Mexican broadcaster Televisa, shows just how apparent it should have been to prison guards that, on the night of July 11, the master of tunnels was again going to prove he deserved the title.

In the video, the Sinaloa cartel boss is seen lying on his bed under a blanket while the audio from a Spanish program is heard blaring from a portable television:

Mexico National Security Commission/Amanda Macias/Business InsiderAt approximately 8:46 p.m., the first sound of drilling is heard over the audio from the television program.

The sounds continue for six minutes, when, at 8:52 p.m., Guzmán steps into his cell's private shower and disappears from the camera's view.

Listen carefully and look for the green indicators on-screen

The video also shows a split screen of the prison control room, where agents Juan Carlos Sánchez Garcia and José Daniel Aureoles Tabares were assigned to supervise Guzmán's every move while he was detained in Altiplano prison.

There is no visible reaction in the control room until 25 minutes have passed, when, at 9:17 p.m., an officer crosses the room to look over a colleague's shoulder at the screens:

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During the 30-minute delay between when Guzmán stepped out of view and when the guards took notice of his absence, the two federal agents responsible for monitoring surveillance footage from his cell played solitaire.

The clip with audio has not been verified by the Mexican government. The only footage it has released is a clip of Guzmán pacing in his cell before disappearing from view.

The Mexican government's 'levels of complicity'

In early September, four public officials were charged for their suspected roles in Guzmán's brazen escape, and the total number of officials involved has since reached 34.

Amid these charges, Mexico's interior ministry was accused of hiding a video with sounds of power tools and digging, proving that Altiplano prison staff knew of Guzmán's planned escape, EFE Agencia reports.

Mexico National Security Commission/Amanda Macias/Business Insider"The video exists and is crucial in identifying the level of complicity in [El] Chapo's escape," secretary of the Mexican Congress' Bicameral Committee on National Security, Sen. Alejandro Encinas,told EFE Agencia in mid-September.

"[Prison employees] responsible for monitoring [Guzmán] have been formally charged in recent days, but that's not enough because the mere fact that the sound of a power drill was heard means there were several levels of complicity," he added.

This information prompted Encinas to request access to the full recording with audio, which is held by Mexico's Center for Investigation and National Security (CISEN).

"[On September 1] I received a verbal response from the deputy government secretary, Felipe Solis Acero, in which he told me it wasn't possible to provide me with a copy of the video because it was part of a preliminary inquiry, a response that I was expecting but which also means that the video exists," Encinas told EFE Agencia.

Master of tunnels

Guzmán slipped through a perfectly placed hole in the blind spot of the lone security camera in his L-shaped prison cell — a1 1/2 foot by 1 1/2 foot gap in the shower floor that led to a 32-foot ladder into a mile-long tunnel.

Mexico National Security Commission/Amanda Macias/Business InsiderThe custom-built 5 1/2-foot high and 2-foot-7-inch-wide tunnel was illuminated and equipped with a ventilation system.

A motorcycle built onto rails was also placed in the sophisticated passage to transport Guzmán through the tunnel quickly.

Mexico National Security Commission/Amanda Macias/Business InsiderThe end of the tunnel opened up to a nondescript abandoned home that is at least a half-mile away from any other building.

The extraordinary escape is estimated to have cost Guzmán $50 million in construction and bribes to prison officials, The Telegraph reports.

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