Fake News: NOT A Picture of Nancy Pelosi, Beto O'Rourke and El Chapo

Hoax Alert

  • by: Maarten Schenk

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Is this a picture of Nancy Pelosi, Beto O'Rourke and drug kingpin El Chapo? No, that's not true. A miscaptioned picture of a 2016 meeting of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto with U.S House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Henry Cuellar is being circulated online as proof Beto and Pelosi met the leader of the Sinaloa cartel.

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Here is a recent example of the picture appearing in the wild:

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1171550726352226&set=pb.100004919293942.-2207520000.1549406366.&type=3&theater

In reality the photo shows Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto walking with U.S House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas on May 3, 2016 during a meeting in Mexico City. At the time Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was incarcerated in Mexico after his last arrest on January 8, 2016 before he was extradited to the United States in 2017.

Stock Photo - Mexico City, Mexico. 3rd May 2016. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto walks with U.S House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Henry Cuellar during a meeting at the

Download this stock image: Mexico City, Mexico. 3rd May 2016. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto walks with U.S House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Henry Cuellar during a meeting at the presidential palace May 3, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Breaking Updates:

  • 2019-02-10T19:03:21Z 2019-02-10T19:03:21Z
    Fixed spelling of Beto O'Rourke's name.

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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