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US Embassy in Mexico Unaware of ATF Gun Sting

US Embassy in Mexico Unaware of ATF Gun Sting

MEXICO CITY — The U.S. Embassy in Mexico was kept in the dark about a sting operation that fed American guns into the country, a cable revealed Monday shows.

In the July 2010 cable, quoted by the Los Angeles Times, the embassy advised the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to focus on arresting small-time Mexican gun traffickers living legally in the United States rather than drug cartels.

The diplomats were unaware that many of the weapons flooding across the border came from the ATF’s Fast and Furious operation. The agency eventually lost track of an estimated 1,700 guns it was trying to follow, and nearly 200 of them later turned up at crime scenes.

The cable also shows that well-informed diplomats disbelieved the premise of Fast and Furious, that Mexican cartels were running big gun-smuggling operations north of the border.

“The embassy knew something was awry when all these guns started showing up down there. But they were kept in the dark,” an official close to the case told the Times.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, plans to question more ATF officials Tuesday.

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  • Raggs

    Ok so who is going to believe this?.. Just more of the same cover-up.

  • Dan az

    Since the mexican prez wanted everyone that was involved to be jailed in their country why don’t we send them to him.Starting with Holder and working our way down and that would include obumer.

  • Big Dog

    Typical of a corrupt government to say You Never Let a Serious Crisis go to waste. Even if it is a self made crisis like BATF’s Fast & Furious allowing guns to go into Mexico and then have a Border Patrol Agent get murdered by one of these guns. Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, and Barack Obama you all have the blood of agent Brian Terry on your corrupt hands. All of this to try and take away our Second Amendment Right.

  • s c

    This topic needs to be re-introduced in another month or so. I didn’t pay much attention to it at first, but this episode has the potential to humble the internal workings of the ‘Dems’ and slam dunk the wonder twins at their weakest point [Almighty "rulers" of the W H and America's twin 'saviors'].
    You see, by keeping this knowledge from the embassy in M C, it gives plausible deniability to anyone connected with the decisions behind ‘Fast and Furious.’ Add to that the FACT that the initial decisions behind Fast and Furious can be traced all the way back to the W H [Motormouth Joe Biden.] If you don’t believe me, LOOK IT UP. Hmmmmm. It gets interesting at this point, doesn’t it?

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