Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales says the Obama administration continued to hide “Fast & Furious” from the Mexican government even after five agents blew the whistle. She had to learn about the administration’s illegal gun smuggling on the evening news.
The operation violated numerous US treaties with Mexico.
Documents obtained from Fox News show ATF agents sold some of the guns to gang members. They allegedly purchased the guns with taxpayer money.
Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales called Operation Fast and Furious “an attack on Mexicans’ security.”
She said she learned about the operation in the news media rather than being told about it in advance by U.S. government officials.
She said that if U.S. federal officials were involved, it would be a “betrayal” of Mexico while its police and military were fighting a war against drug cartels. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the war that started in December 2006.
Morales said she would await results of congressional investigations into the operation before making any conclusions over who should be blamed.
The House Oversight Committee is investigating claims the ATF was joined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency in allowing the guns to be smuggled into Mexico.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the committee’s chairman, said the trail of evidence about who authorized Operation Fast and Furious leads back to the White House.