ISIS Email Was Hoax: El Chapo Threat Hoax Fools Millions

Tara Dodrill

An online hoax fooled millions this week. An Internet rumor that El Chapo was going after ISIS leader Abu Kbar al-Baghdadi turned out to be entirely false, according to numerous media reports today. Joaquin Guzman, better known as El Chapo, was said to have declared war on the terrorist group and called the militants nothing more than a bunch of "p*****s."

The El Chapo ISIS hoax turned out to be just an online rumor that was started by a Thug Life Videos blogger. The story first appeared on the website,, according to a New York Post report. The blog focuses on news related to the drug war. After the hoax was posted, it was ultimately picked up by a host of reputable media outlets, and then went viral online.

— Complex (@ComplexMag) December 12, 2015

"My men will destroy you," El Chapo, supposedly incensed that ISIS thugs destroyed one of his drug shipments, was reported to have emailed al-Baghdadi in an encrypted missive leaked to a blogger in Mexico. "The world is not yours to dictate. I pity the next son of a w***e that tries to interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel. I will have their heart and tongue torn from them," the hoax threat to ISIS continued.

Steve Charnock is the satirist who works for Thug Life Videos and created the El Chapo ISIS hoax. According to the Daily Mail, the hoax, which eventually fooled millions, was published on November 30.

"It got a few shares on Facebook initially, but now it is the top story on some websites. It was satire, faux news," Charnock said about his now viral satire piece.

— Complex (@ComplexMag) December 11, 2015

"The famed leader of the biggest drugs cartel in the world, Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka 'El Chapo' – has sent a chilling warning ISIS: "My men will destroy you." The head of the enormous – and deadly – Sinaloa Cartel issued the threat via his son as he's currently in hiding from Mexican authorities after escaping from jail earlier this year."

The Mexican drug cartel have trafficking strongholds which reach from the borders of the U.S.'s southern neighbor all the way into New York City to the north and Buenos Aires to its south. El Chapo's drug cartel was founded in the Mexican state of Sinaloa and is believed to possibly have active operations in 17 others states in the country with a grand total of 50 other nations.

The Thug Live Videos story about the Mexican drug lord threatening ISIS may have been a hoax that fooled millions, but it is not the first time statements of warning by crime bosses have been uttered about the Islamic State. In November, the infamous Giovanni Gambino, the son of a notorious NYC mob boss, told the Daily Mail that he would protect the Big Apple from the jihadists.

What do you think about the El Chapo ISIS hoax?

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