Hacker Responsible For Bringing Cartel Leader To Justice Getting Cold Shoulder From Mexico’s Government
For years, Mexico’s government had no current images of Dámaso López Núñez, El Chapo’s right-hand man, and acting leader, of the Sinaloa Cartel. That changed in July of 2016, when an unnamed Mexican hacker struck a deal with the Mexico’s Office of the General Prosecutor: he would receive protection and a $1.5 million reward. Shortly after, Motherboard reports, the hacker risked his life to get intel on López Núñez, including photos and GPS information. The hacker’s risk proved invaluable.
Due to the hacker’s efforts, Mexican authorities were finally able to apprehend Dámaso López Núñez.
The video above was captured by the Mexican hacker and handed over to the authorities, and also to journalists. However, the promises the Mexican government made went unfulfilled, and now the hacker is stuck in limbo. This comes as no surprise, however. The hacker told Motherboard, “That’s how the [Mexican] federal government works. They use people and then they let them die, or they kill them, or they disappear.”