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GOP rebuttal to Fortune

August 2, 2012 - Jim Anderson
A Republican congressional report released this week on Operation Fast and Furious strikes back against a Fortune magazine investigation written by Katherine Eban.

In a story published a little more than a month ago, Eban concluded that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents in Arizona never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. She also revealed that so-called whistleblower John Dodson, the ATF agent who started portraying Fast and Furious as a gun-walking operation, may have been the only agent who purposely engaged in such a tactic.

The GOP response, which picks through Eban’s entire account, describes it as “a one-sided, hit piece that attempted to discredit the whistleblowers.”

Fortune is standing behind Eban’s work. A spokesperson told, “Fortune fully supports Katherine Eban’s exhaustive investigation, the result of more than six months of reporting and unprecedented access.”

To date, there hasn’t been much coverage of the GOP rebuttal to Fortune or, to my knowledge, a direct response from Eban.

That may be because there’s a lot to mull through in the 50-page appendix. It’s available to download in the link at right.



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