El Chapo and Sean Penn Just Gave BlackBerry Its Best Press in Years 

By Kate Knibbs on at

When it comes to clandestine meet-ups with drug lords, fuck WhatsApp. Turns out BBM is indispensable for interviewing the most wanted fugitive in the world.

Rolling Stone published Sean Penn’s account of visiting notorious drug kingpin and tunnel expert Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera last night, giving BlackBerry some fine press clippings. The 55-year-old Madonna bondage enthusiast relied heavily on BlackBerry’s proprietary instant messaging service to connect with El Chapo. Penn describes how actress Kate del Castillo makes contact “a web of BBM devices” and how he eventually sent questions to El Chapo using BBM.

Even though Penn readily admits that he does not know if laptops were still being made anymore, he was able to understand how to work BBM—a testament to the service’s simplicity.

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