Sources say FBI covered up Gunwalker evidence

In a major new development in the Gunwalker scandal, a third Gunwalker gun was at the scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder, and sources say the FBI covered it up:

A third gun linked to “Operation Fast and Furious” was found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, new documents obtained exclusively by Fox News suggest, contradicting earlier assertions by federal agencies that police found only two weapons tied to the federal government’s now infamous gun interdiction scandal.

Sources say emails support their contention that the FBI concealed evidence to protect a confidential informant. Sources close to the Terry case say the FBI informant works inside a major Mexican cartel and provided the money to obtain the weapons used to kill Terry.

Unlike the two AK-style assault weapons found at the scene, the third weapon could more easily be linked to the informant. To prevent that from happening, sources say, the third gun “disappeared.”

If the FBI was covering up evidence of Gunwalker malfeasance, that’s a pretty big deal.

ASIDE: Investigative journalism isn’t really Fox News’s bread and butter, but they are one of very few media outlets interested in the story. You have to wonder what would come out if the Washington Post were looking into the story.

There’s another revelation in the story as well. Not only was the ATF facilitating illegal gun purchases, but the FBI gave the buyers the money:

The two AK-type assault rifles were purchased by Jaime Avila from the Lone Wolf Trading Co. outside of Phoenix on Jan. 16, 2010. Avila was recruited by his roommate Uriel Patino. Patino, according to sources, received $70,000 in “seed money” from the FBI informant late in 2009 to buy guns for the cartel.

(Via Instapundit.) (Previous post.)

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