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BLM: 'No deal' in Bundy ranch case as rumors mount

Bundy supporters camped around ranch.
Bundy supporters camped around ranch.
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On Sunday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said that despite negotiations that ended a tense week-long standoff between the Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy family, the agency says that no deal has been reached. Meanwhile, the rumor mill continues to churn, as many have expressed concerns agents will be back.

“The BLM and National Park Service did not cut any deal and negotiate anything,” said BLM spokesman Craig Leff. “There was no deal we made.”

“The door isn’t closed. We’ll figure out how to move forward with this,” he told the Associated Press. Leff also told the AP the BLM did not participate in the negotiation moderated by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie that deescalated tensions on Saturday, the Reivew-Journal said.

But that would appear to run counter to a report by local news station KLAS. On Saturday, 8 News Live said a deal had been struck between the BLM and the Bundy ranch.

Meanwhile, rumors and theories spread like wildfire, with many concerned that federal agents are simply waiting for supporters to leave before returning to the ranch. Private investigator Doug Hagmann, for example, said Saturday that the deescalation is just a ruse to fool the public.

"At 1750 hours ET, I was contacted by my source within the Department of Homeland Security regarding the current situation at the Bundy Ranch. To put it bluntly, the people are being hoodwinked into believing that the situation is being resolved. It is not. It is a strategic de-escalation to fool the public," he wrote.

Hagmann says his conclusion is based, in part, on a military assessment of satellite and drone surveillance imagery of the "resistance." He also claimed drones under control of the U.S. military were in use, taking photos of activity at the ranch.

Hagmann said drones were also being used to identify Bundy supporters, along with any arms and supplies they might have been carrying. He also asserted that while response from Bundy supporters was anticipated, it exceeded expectations.

Other reports have made similar claims, but none of these reports have been confirmed. The Bundys, however, have asked that reports like Hagmann's be withheld until confirmed, according to several reports on Facebook.