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David Codrea, who along with Mike Vanderbeogh of Sipsey Street Irregulars, broke the story of Operation Fast & Furious, the illegal ATF gun running operation. Codrea reports now that a third suspect has been arrested in the murder of Border Agent Brian Terry:
Mexican authorities have announced the arrest of a third suspect in the December, 2010 murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, Reuters reported this morning. Ivan Soto Barraza was apprehended in Sinaloa by “Mexican Interpol agents working with federal and state police” and the FBI, and awaits extradition to the United States.
Terry’s killing prompted a post a week later on CleanUpATF, a website established by agents frustrated with Bureau waste, abuse, corruption and fraud, alleging weapons found at the murder scene were tied to federally-sanctioned “gunwalking,” now known to the world as Operation Fast and Furious. That post was initially reported on by “unauthorized journalist” Mike Vanderboegh on the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog:
Word is that curious George Gillett the Phoenix ASAC stepped on it again. Allegedly he has approved more than 500 AR-15 type rifles from Tucson and Phoenix cases to be “walked” to Mexico. Appears that ATF may be one of the largest suppliers of assault rifles to the Mexican cartels! One of these rifles is rumored to have been linked to the recent killing of a Border Patrol Officer in Nogales, AZ. Can anyone confirm this information?
The commentator who posted under the screen name “1desertrat” soon became the subject of scrutiny by then-ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson and ATF’s Chief Counsel Stephen R. Rubenstein, who, as detailed in an exclusive Gun Rights Examiner/Sipsey Street Irregulars report, were seeking ways to identify him and retaliate via Orders and Standards of Conduct. The Chief Counsel’s Office also initiated an email warning top officials about Gun Rights Examiner’s open letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee. That document publicly called on the committee to provide protection for Fast and Furious whistleblowers and investigate their claims, which began a process that eventually, after public prodding, led to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform taking point.
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