"He kind of plays up to it. All these guys do," Scott Stewart, vice president at Stratfor, a global intelligence firm, said about the El Chapo legends. "It just kind of adds to the whole mythology -- kind of like the old pulp Western books they used to write about these outlaws."
"It's almost as if Ukrainian oligarchs are part of the process in which people rise to power," said Lauren Goodrich, chief Eurasia analyst at global intelligence firm Stratfor. "There's no ideology. It's all about the money and the self-preservation of their own respective empires."