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Dept. of Justice IG report: DOJ official leaked document to smear Fast & Furious whistleblower

By Doug Powers  •  May 20, 2013 04:54 PM

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Approved leaks only, please!

From Big Government:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General published a new report (PDF) Monday that confirms former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke leaked a document intended to smear Operation Fast and Furious scandal whistleblower John Dodson.

The DOJ IG said it found “Burke’s conduct in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to be inappropriate for a Department employee and wholly unbefitting a U.S. Attorney.”
In addition to Burke’s involvement in leaking the document, emails the IG uncovered show senior officials at the Department of Justice discussed smearing Dodson.

One of those was Tracy Schmaler, the Director of the Department’s Office of Public Affairs, who resigned her position at the DOJ after emails uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request showed that she worked with leftwing advocacy group Media Matters for America to smear whistleblowers and members of Congress and the media who sought to investigate DOJ scandals under Attorney General Eric Holder.

So far I’ve read nothing about the administration going after any reporters who ran with this particular leak.

President Obama’s going to be angry when he learns about this on the news tonight.

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