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DOJ charges release of ‘Gunwalker’ reports impedes investigations

“The latest twist in the tug of war over Department of Justice documents central to the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious came Friday evening, when a top Justice official refused a congressional request for subpoenaed documents and blamed GOP lawmakers over the leaking of sensitive information,” CNN reported Friday.

Page 1: Letter to Grassley and Issa from DOJ stonewaller
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In a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich suggested that sensitive information relating to ongoing investigations is coming from their staffs.

“Late Friday, Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Ron Weich warned Issa, ‘We are deeply disturbed that the sensitive law enforcement information…has entered the public realm,’” William La Jeunesse of Fox News revealed.

He said it is impeding the DOJ’s prosecution of current criminal cases arising from Fast and Furious.

A Congressional spokesperson for Issa made no apologies, saying the documents being leaked to the committee “are precisely what the Justice Department is hiding and what congressional investigators are seeking – basic information about who knew what when about Fast and Furious.”

Weich was the Justice Department official who claimed in a Feb. 4, 2011 letter to Sen. Grassley that “the allegation…that ATF ‘sanctioned’ or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them to Mexico—is false.”

“I also want to assure you,” Weich wrote in the letter obtained by Mike Vanderboegh of the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog and Gun Rights Examiner, “that ATF has made no attempt to retaliate against any of its agents regarding this matter.”

This was the letter that was later formally withdrawn—a remarkable, almost unprecedented occurrence—due to “inaccuracies,” meaning it was not truthful.

Vanderboegh* and this column have obtained a copy of this latest Weich letter, posted in this correspondent’s Scribd account and also included a jpg files in the sidebar slideshow accompanying this column.

Of note is what Weich is objecting to having made known—Reports of Investigation showing straw purchasing ringleader Manuel Celis-Acosta was let go at the border by ATF agents despite being caught with weapons and ammunition, and that ATF had evidence he and an associate were trafficking in weapons.

Other information uncovered by La Jeunesse identifies straw purchasers Eduardo and Jesus Miramontes as confidential informants financed by the FBI—information that was also known by DEA but withheld from ATF until such time as the brothers were revealed to top ATF officials as “untouchable” because they were “national security assets.”

Vanderboegh characterizes these latest developments as “Critical Mass: The FBI's Poster Boys for Murderous Paid Confidential Informants Outed for Everybody -- even the deliberately near-sighted John Boehner -- to See.”

“Is it becoming clearer?” he asks his readers, and then offers analysis and conclusions:

“Black operations are compartmentalized. The only thing that is required is the ability to deflect interest from other agencies and supervisors within a given agency who might be meddlesome. "National security" goes a long way. What is also required are back-channel means of communication and control. Can you say from "old friends" like the State Department's Kevin O'Reilly serving on the National Security Council and "Gunwalker Bill" Newell in Phoenix? I knew you could. And remember the one thing in Phoenix which would be required would be someone in control who could issue the proper orders and put them in a nice legal-looking frame -- Janet Napolitano's lickspittle, anti-gun zealot Dennis K. Burke. Personnel is policy.

And Weich is still out there deflecting, redirecting and stonewalling, trying to shutter the windows, pull down the blinds and make the villains in this murderous government intrigue the ones with the light.

*As an aside, note the original information being obtained and reported on by Vanderboegh as he recovers from major painful surgery. Single-handedly from his hospital bed, this man is doing more work to bring the truth of Fast and Furious to the world than most television networks and newspapers combined. I say that without hyperbole, since most are either doing nothing or carrying the administration's water.

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