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WASHINGTON — The US attorney in Arizona violated Justice Department policy by providing Fox News with information apparently aimed at undercutting the credibility of a federal agent who helped reveal a botched arms-trafficking inquiry, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Monday.
There was substantial evidence in the 2011 incident that then-US Attorney Dennis Burke’s motive for disclosing a memo by federal agent John Dodson was retaliation, the inspector general’s report said. In testimony to a House committee just two weeks earlier, Dodson had raised serious concerns about the trafficking investigation, Operation Fast and Furious.
In Dodson’s memo, which was eventually leaked, Dodson proposed a tactic similar to the one being used at the time in the operation.