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Oct-14-2011 11:34printcomments

Obama, Holder, and the 'Betrayal' of Mexico's Drug Fighters

Mexico's Attorney General Marisela Morales, went public late last month, venting her country's frustration over the secret U.S. programs that arm the Mexican government's enemies.

Mexican Marines
Image from a raid in June of the Escondido Ranch raid. Tosh Plumlee photo first published by Narco News.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Just days ago during his Presidential news conference at the White House, Barack Obama proclaimed to the nation that the United States was making progress working with the Mexican government in the fight against drug-based cartels.

He also defended his attorney general, Eric Holder, for his role in the 'Fast and Furious' gun walking operation that led to the shooting deaths of two U.S. federal agents, with guns supplied to cartels by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF&E).

We reported shortly before that, that Mexico's president was angry with the U.S. and had requested several documents relating to Fast and Furious, and also copies of U.S. media reports on the affair.

A very credible source with the Mexican government told us the White House refused the request of Mexican President Felipe Calderón. We reported this 14 September, Mexican Government Denied Information on ATF 'Gun Walker' Operation..

Mexico's Attorney General Marisela Morales, went public late last month, venting her country's frustration over the secret U.S. programs that arm the Mexican government's enemies, in fact Morales called Operation Fast and Furious "an attack on Mexicans’ security."

Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales

We have been covering this story closely for some time now, breaking major developments along the way, and the media group Narco News has been pounding it with quality research and fact finding skills. The LA Times has broken major aspects of the story, and most all of us have been stonewalled along the way by government officials who refuse to disclose relevant information.

In fact, Marisela Morales was quoted by All Headline News stating that she learned about the operation in the news media rather than being told about it in advance by U.S. government officials.

She says that if it turns out that U.S. federal officials were involved, it would be a “betrayal” of Mexico - because its police and military have been fighting this war against drug cartels for years, and more than 40,000 people have been killed since Mexico stepped up its campaign against drugs in December 2006. (see Mexican attorney general demands explanation on Operation Fast and Furious)

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