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Apparent security easing precedes drug lord's recapture

As the world's most hunted man, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman had to know the most sophisticated information and surveillance technology available was marshalled against him: satellites, unmanned aircraft, NSA and DEA eavesdroppers, malware-sowing Mexican state hackers.

Yet Guzman may have let his guard down before receiving Hollywood actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo three months ago on a remote central Mexico mountaintop in apparent hopes of getting a biopic made to his liking.

Authorities are not identifying whatever information security missteps may have led to Guzman's being recaptured Friday in a seaside town not far away.

"Whatever mistake or...