WASHINGTON, OTHERS REACT AS CARTEL KINGPIN "EL CHAPO" ESCAPES FROM MAXIMUM SEC PRISON FOR SECOND TIME

Reactions in the United States to the escape from Mexican prison of a reputed drug lord ranged from disbelief to outrage. Some observers said it dramatically illustrated the need for captured cartel kingpins to be promptly extradited to the U.S. A former administrator of the DEA said he was dismayed by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's weekend escape, which apparently occurred through a mile-long tunnel from the prison holding him, 55 miles west of Mexico City. Peter Bensinger said Sunday "it is a shock that the most dangerous cartel leader in the world has escaped." Washington's official response was diplomatic, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement Sunday that the U.S. shared "Mexico's concern regarding the escape" and stood by to help in the manhunt.



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