Breaking News: Source claims ATF’s Tampa SAC walked guns to Honduras. Part of Operation Castaway?
Exclusive Special Report by David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh.
“Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Tampa Field Division, ran a gun-running investigation that was walking guns to Honduras using the techniques and tactics identical to Fast and Furious, it was reported to these correspondents this evening via private correspondence from a proven credible source.”
On 21 September, 2010, A. Brian Albritton, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida issued a press release on Operation Castaway: ….
There are now reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Tampa Field Division, ran a gun-running investigation that was walking guns to Honduras using the techniques and tactics identical to Fast and Furious. 1,000 of those guns were sold to MS13 buyers.
Congress gave the ATF $29 million in 2009 including $10 million in stimulus money for “project gunrunner,” the predecessor of “fast and furious.” A year later it got $37 million more to expand gunrunner.
More at that link as well. MS13 is another name for the transnational gang Mara Salvatrucha.
See my post from a few days ago for more on Operation Gunrunner and Fast and Furious. So many dots, so little time. According to the first article cited above, Rep. Darryl Issa is aware of the Tampa connection in this growing scandal. Will President Obama and Attorney General Holder deny knowledge of Operation Castaway as well?
Update: Here’s video of Brit Hume discussing this scandal, and comparing it to the Nixon administration. Transcript via Hot Air.
“This Obama Justice Department reminds me of nothing so much as the Nixon Justice Department,” Hume said on Fox News Sunday. “You have the scent of high-level knowledge of serious wrongdoing and you have the smell of cover-up and I think the stench of cover-up on this gun-running operation is very strong indeed.”
Update: Poh Diaries linked and has more information.
Colonel 6 linked and also has more info. Thanks!