A man who described himself as a computer whiz told jurors in the trial of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman that cooperating with the FBI caused him to have a nervous breakdown. According to Reuters, Christian Rodriguez testified in a federal courthouse in New York City on Thursday. Guzman was extradited to the United States in 2017 to face charges of trafficking cocaine, heroin and other drugs into the country as leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. Rodriguez said he worked for Guzman from 2008 to 2012. The Colombian-born man said he built a system allowing members of the cartel to communicate securely using private servers, Nokia phones and Blackberries.

Rodriguez agreed to cooperate with in 2011. He gave the FBI the passwords to the secure servers he built for Guzman, as well as for software he secretly installed on some of his associates’ phones that allowed Guzman to spy on them.


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