The violent legacy of a secret government operation lives on. Full Measure has learned that another weapon from Operation Fast and Furious has been found in the hands of violent armed groups in Mexico.
Fast and Furious was one of numerous secret "gunwalking" cases launched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms a decade ago. They allowed thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to be trafficked to Mexican drug cartels.
The latest weapon a semi-automatic rifle was recovered after a gunfight in June. It was trafficked to the cartels in 2009 by Fast and Furious suspect Sean Steward. Federal agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata were murdered by Mexican cartel thugs who used weapons trafficked in the gunwalking cases The U.S. has refused to provide an accounting of all the crimes committed with the walked guns. Based on various sources, I've found at least 69 deaths and four kidnappings.
In 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for withholding Fast and Furious documents. President Obama declared executive privilege to keep the documents secret.