No crime unless directed, please

The agents who ran the Gunwalker debacle were even stupider that we previously were aware:

The prime suspect in the botched gun trafficking investigation known as “Fast and Furious” — Manuel Acosta — was taken into custody and might have been stopped from trafficking weapons to Mexico’s killer drug cartel early on. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) let him go, according to new documents obtained by CBS News.

He was supposed to cooperate with the ATF, but — as anyone with an ounce of sense would predict — he disappeared as soon as he was released:

Instead of pursuing charges, Agent MacAllister asked Acosta if he’d be willing to cooperate with federal agents. He agreed and was released. Apparently, the promised cooperation never materialized. The report notes that 17 days after Acosta was let loose, he still had “not initiated any contact with Special Agent MacAllister.”

And here’s the best part:

Before releasing Acosta, MacAllister wrote her contact information on a $10 bill at Acosta’s request, gave it to him, then warned him “not to participate in any illegal activity unless under her direction.”

That’s just awesome: (1) they warn a criminal — as they release him — to stop committing crimes, (2) but they say they might need to direct him to commit some more crimes.

(Previous post.) (Via Hot Air.)

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