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Mexico’s government requests details over U.S funneling guns to cartels projects.
by Mexico VG Crime:
The government of Mexico asked the United States for details of the ATF under Project Gunrunner, Operation name “Fast and Furious“ implemented by the U.S. Department of Justice that allegedly allowed thousands of weapons into the Mexico.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) reported that Mexican authorities have proceeded with a request of detailed information on this matter to the American authorities, after the media of both countries made known such operation had been conducted by the (ATF).
“The government of Mexico is very interested in the investigations announced by both the ATF and the Department of Justice,” Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
He stressed that the aim of the governments of Mexico and the United States is to stop arms smuggling on the basis of the principle of shared responsibility. In that regard, he noted that both governments work to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field.
“America said one of its priorities was to stop the guns from entering Mexico , now we find out that The ATF was deliberately allowing guns to enter Mexico”
The ATF deliberately allowed the entry of almost 2,000 military style guns into Mexico for 15 months, according to documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity and Los Angeles Times.
The ATF operation sought to locate the smuggling chain, but failed. An ATF agent gave testimony, and reported that he was ordered to “sit still and observe” the actions of smugglers.
The U.S State Department has not issued a press release regarding the issues. But CBS did pick up the story, stating:
After CBS News reported on the alleged gun walking, ATF announced it will review its anti-trafficking strategies. The Department of Justice has asked its Inspector General to look into the matter.
The controversy has hit headlines in Mexico and in Europe.
Despite the international nature of the controversy, White House Chief of Staff William Daley today told us he wasn’t really familiar with it. “To be honest with you, I didn’t see the report, so I’ll have to say no comment until I get some understanding on that. I don’t have any information on that,” he said.
The White House better get a move on it because it seems this headline as the potential to harm diplomatic relations among the U.S and Mexico.