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.
Sadly this will setback any trust Mexicans had in the fight against drugs.
President Obama said in an interview that neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the controversial “Operation Fast and Furious.”
Obama told Univision‘s Jorge Ramos that President Felipe Calderon wasn’t informed of the operation because he — the president of the United States — wasn’t informed either. When asked whether he knew of the weapon smuggling plan, Obama responded that it is “a pretty big government” with “a lot of moving parts.”
Here are two CBS News clips which explain in detail how the ATF knowingly sent weapons into Mexico.