Background to Gunwalker
David Codrea reveals a very interesting ATF HQ email.
Right after the murder of BP Agent Brian Terry, a posting on CleanupATF.org reported that ATF in Phoenix was letting 500 guns go to Mexico, and the possibility that Terry had been murdered with one of them. Acting Director Melson and Chief Counsel Rubenstein discussed, not the issue of letting the guns leave, but the issue of whether the anonymous poster (certainly a ATF agent) broke agency policy by discussing it.
"Suspects may alter their behavior if they know that law enforcement is allowing certain firearms to 'walk' into Mexico. In addition, public knowledge of this type of operation potentially places informants and undercover agents in jeopardy. Finally, public disclosure of such information could ATF's working relationship with Mexico.”
OK, Phoenix has let hundreds of guns walk to the Mexican cartels, and they may have been used to murder an American LEO. That's not remarkable nor disturbing. What is disturbing is that cartels might react if they knew this was being done with the agency's blessing, or that the Mexican government, which has been kept in the dark, might become upset.