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October 01, 2011

Friday Fast & Furious Document Dump

Well lookee here what we're findin' in the White House email

The documents show extensive communications between then-ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office Bill Newell - who led Fast and Furious - and then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O'Reilly. Emails indicate the two also spoke on the phone. Such detailed, direct communications between a local ATF manager in Phoenix and a White House national security staffer has raised interest among Congressional investigators looking into Fast and Furious. Newell has said he and O'Reilly are long time friends.

Long time friends, huh? I'm sure they were just catchin' up on football scores, talkin' about how the kids were doin' in school, sharin' recipes and the like. Or not.

The email exchanges span a little over a month last summer. They discuss ATF's gun trafficking efforts along the border including the controversial Fast and Furious case, though not by name.

ORLY? So, ok, they were just talkin' about general ATF business but the fact that guns were crossin' the border into Mexico never came up, so ... nothin' to see here, move along.

Among the documents produced: an email in which ATF's Newell sent the White House's O'Reilly an "arrow chart reflecting the ultimate destination of firearms we intercepted and/or where the guns ended up." The chart shows arrows leading from Arizona to destinations all over Mexico.

In response, O'Reilly wrote on Sept. 3, 2010 "The arrow chart is really interesting - and - no surprise - implies at least that different (Drug Trafficking Organizations) in Mexico have very different and geographically distinct networks in the US for acquiring guns. Did last year's TX effort develop a similar graphic?"(emphasis added)

You mean they messed with Texas, too? Sounds like a new front opened up on this thing overnight. Darrell Issa, call your office.

Note: This post has been conformed to the AP style guide. I dropped every "g" in my head as I was typin' it. Speakin' of the AP, they also provided some new Gunwalker evidence that conclusively proves the White House had full knowledge of the operation.


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