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A self-described computer whiz has told jurors how he had a nervous breakdown from the stress of cooperating with the FBI to hack into the secure communication system he built for accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman.
Christian Rodriguez, 32, returned to the witness stand in Brooklyn for the second day on Thursday, as the federal trial of Guzman continued on charges of trafficking drugs to the U.S. as the leader of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel.
Witness - Testimonies - Glimpse - Workings - Cartel
The witness testimonies have given a glimpse into the secretive and often violent workings of the cartel, one of the most powerful drug trafficking operations in the world.
Prosecution witness Rodriguez who said he worked for Guzman, 61, from 2008 to 2012 and built a system allowing members of the cartel to communicate securely using private servers, Nokia phones and Blackberries.
Colombian-born - Rodriguez - Jurors - Bogota - FBI
The Colombian-born Rodriguez told jurors he was approached in Bogota in 2011 by FBI agents who told him they knew he worked for Guzman and that he was in 'serious trouble.' Rodriguez said he agreed to cooperate with them the same day.
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, Rodriguez has testified.
Rodriguez - Guzman - Requests - Spyware - Phones
Rodriguez said he handled Guzman's requests to install spyware on about 50 'special phones' he wanted to track. The software allowed Guzman to monitor users' calls and texts, and even to turn on a phone's microphone and record at any time without the user's knowledge.
The technician said he heard from associates of Guzman that their boss treated the technology 'like his toy,' often using it to hear what people said about him immediately after he called them.
Value - Rodriguez - Assistance - Prosecutors
The value of Rodriguez's assistance to prosecutors became obvious...
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