Highlights From Univision’s Bombshell Fast & Furious Report

Here’s a summary of some of the new information unearthed in Univision’s Fast & Furious investigation that aired on Aqui y Ahora (Here and Now) last night. Information provided by ABC/Univision:

1. Fast and Furious Guns Used in Infamous Massacre

Mexican military reports show that at least three guns from Fast and Furious were used in the Salvarcar massacre in 2010. A total of 15 people died in that incident, most of them teens. They were gunned down by the Juarez cartel, which mistook the group for rival Sinaloa cartel members. According to one document, the weapons entered Mexico illegally through a border point near Columbus, New Mexico.

2. 57 Previously Unidentified Weapons Surface

Univision cross-referenced the serial numbers off guns used in Fast and Furious against guns seized in Mexico. Nearly 100 of those weapons were used in crimes, and 57 of them were not mentioned in an investigation carried out by the U.S. Congress.

3. Mexico Knew About Fast and Furious

Andrew Selee, vice president for programs at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. says the Mexican government was aware of the gun-walking, in spite of releasing a statement saying they were not. William Newell, the special agent in charge of ATF’s Phoenix field division and one of the supervisors of Fast and Furious, told Univision, via his attorney, that the Procuraduria General De La Republica (PGR) in Mexico was certainly aware of the operation.

4. U.S. Gun-Walking Operations Extended to Other Countries

Fast and Furious was not the only ATF operation of its kind that went awry. In Operation Castaway, Hugh Crumpler, a former ATF informant, told Univision News the ATF deliberately allowed guns to pass into Honduras, Puerto Rico and Colombia. Several of those weapons have already been found at crime scenes and in the hands of local cartels. In an email message, the ATF claims that they “found out about the weapons when they had already been shipped.”

5. U.S. Agents Were Attacked with U.S. Weapons

Victor Avila and Jaime Zapata, two U.S. Federal Agents assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, were in the process of transporting surveillance equipment when their vehicle was surrounded by cartel members and shot more than 90 times. Zapata died and Avila was seriously wounded.

Prior to traveling into the region, Avila reached out to a supervisor expressing concerns over security that were backed by a U.S. State Department document which forbade U.S. Embassy employees from traveling in that area. The reason: It was heavily controlled by the Zetas cartel. According to an exclusive interview with Avila, the supervisor did not share his concerns. Three of the guns used in this shootout were also from a gun-walking operation, but not Fast and Furious.

You can see a 9 minute segment of the report below.

There’s a lot more to the report that isn’t yet available. Since ABC and Univision have a news partnership one would suspect that ABC will eventually air some or all of the report. It’s time to take to Twitter to ask every ABC News anchor and correspondent when they will be airing the piece.

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  • jim_m

    It’s Booosh’s fault!!!

    /Chico

    • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

      No, this is one thing that is probably not Bush’s fault. More like cops gone wild. If Bush had known about it, he would have blamed Lynndie England.

      Have any of these agents been disciplined? No, again the cops close ranks and protect their own.

      • jim_m

        Hypocrite. You just spent all that time on the other thread arguing that this was a continuation of a Bush ATF operation. Plus we already have sworn testimony showing that this went all the way to Holder if not obama. This is not the product of some rogue cop. What a bunch of ininformed bs you spew.

        • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

          What I said was that Wide Receiver was during the Bush administration, not that Bush was at fault. I do not believe the president approves or is briefed on every fed law enforcement operation. I doubt the Atty. General is.

          Actually, if you read the piece , you see this:

          Victor Avila and Jaime Zapata, two U.S. Federal Agents assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, were in the process of transporting surveillance equipment when their vehicle was surrounded by cartel members and shot more than 90 times. Zapata died and Avila was seriously wounded.Prior to traveling into the region, Avila reached out to a supervisor expressing concerns over security that were backed by a U.S. State Department document which forbade U.S. Embassy employees from traveling in that area. The reason: It was heavily controlled by the Zetas cartel. According to an exclusive interview with Avila, the supervisor did not share his concerns. Three of the guns used in this shootout were also from a gun-walking operation, but not Fast and Furious.

          Was the other gun-walking operation Wide Receiver?

          • LiberalNightmare

            I seem to remember that the left was pretty comfortable with the idea of executive responsibilty during the abu-gharib scandal as one example.

            Why the sudden change of heart? Surely a Johnson voter such as yourself hasnt been swayed by Obama fever?

          • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

            Bush was briefed on “enhanced interrogation,” approved it and it went down the chain of chain through Rumsfeld, MG Miller, Col Pappas to the guards at Abu Ghraib. Hell, he admitted it in his book.

            MG Taguba (ret), the initial AR 15-6 investigating officer, was just in Spain calling for the whole Bush crew to be indicted on war crimes charges.

          • 914

            Abu Ghraib was about naked pictures.. Not Gitmo.

            Fast and Furious is about hundreds of Mexicans being executed and slaughtered by this administrations warped attempt to disarm America..

            Gary Johnson approve’s this message..

          • jim_m

            And he had a ruling from counsel that these interrogations were not torture. Only the left considered it torture. Only the left thinks that what we do in any way compares to the atrocities of our enemies.

            And the Spanish courts are not anything what we are familiar with. In the Spanish court the judge is the prosecutor and the jury. He gets to decide after the trial and the evidence what the charges are and you don’t get the opportunity to confront your accusers face to face. If you want a fascist state so badly go ahead and move. Stop trying to create one here. The more you talk the more apparent that this is what you want.

          • retired.military

            Well if Bush broke the law than that means that you are all for him and what he supposedly did. after all you dont mind when the OWS break the law.

          • LiberalNightmare

            So you’ll join me in calling for Obama to be frog-marched down the steps of the house of representatives if/when it turns out that Obama knew about fast and furious?

          • jim_m

            The gunwalking operation in Honduras was called operation Castaway. In operation Castaway obama was giving guns to the MS13 street gang.

            I will just point out that your first inclination is to jump to the conclusion that the guns came from an operation that was closed years ago and not that it could have come from another obama ATF operation running concurrently with Fast & Furious. Once again you leap to blaming Boosh!

          • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

            Jim, out of fairness, Chico didn’t say that the other guns came from Wide Receiver. Instead, he asked, “Was the other gun-walking operation Wide Receiver?” Like it or not, Wide Receiver likely resulted in guns getting into the hands of criminals. What rules out the possibility that those guns were used by the Zetas cartel?

            I realize that you don’t like Chico, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

          • jim_m

            The obvious implication was that the only other explanation was to blame Bush. Unfortunately for Chico a far more plausible explanation is that they came from yet another failed obama ATF program.

            Chico tried already to like Wide Receiver with Fast & Furious, a link which has long ago been discredited. He followed that with an attempt to link these other guns with Wide Receiver despite having absolutely no evidence of the fact. What is amazing is that he whines about Warner’s accuracy when he makes BS statements like these.

          • Jwb10001

            You’re so twisted up in your shorts you no longer make any sense. Is this how Gary Johnson would view Fast and Furious… I rather doubt it.

          • Vagabond661

            The fact that the WH has claimed executive privilege on this operation speaks volumes.

          • Vagabond661

            And I might add that Bush has not.

  • 914

    This video clip would be great to bring up in the first debate! Disgustingly vile. Just like Chicago’s war zone!

  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

    Puerto Rico is now independent? Did not know that.

  • GarandFan

    3. Mexico Knew About Fast and Furious

    Hmmmm……the ATF liaison in Mexico City stated to Congress that he was unaware of the program.

    As for ABC airing this……..when pigs fly.
    And NO ONE in Washington knew anything about it. Which explains the transfer of a certain White House individual, who knew about F&F, to a made-up job IN IRAQ.

    • jim_m

      So the guy in AZ in charge of Fast & Furious assures us that everything was on the square with Mexico? Newell is one of the 2 supervisors who got promoted for helping to cover this up. Let’s not jump to the conclusion that anything this dirtbag says is true.

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  • herddog505

    So much for our free, unbiased, fearless press…

  • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

    Folks, Chico has done us a service by pointing out the failure of Operation Wide Receiver. After Eric Holder became the U.S. Attorney General, the Justice Department sent federal prosecutor Laura Gwinn to Arizona to straighten out the mess created by Wide Receiver. As a result, Holder’s Justice Department had to have known that a gun-walking operation did more harm than good. The history of Wide Receiver should have told Holder to forbid any new gun-walking operations. Yet, a new gun-walking operation – Fast & Furious – did take place. Holder’s Justice Department ignored the lessons learned from Wide Receiver.

    Reference: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/the-guns-that-got-away-11172011.html

    • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

      That was a good report by a subject matter expert.

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