I sent this letter to James V. Grimaldi and Sari Horwitz of Pravda, er, ah, I mean the Washington Post, on their initial dip into the Project Gunwalker scandal waters. I copied David Codrea who emailed me back, saying, "You must make this an open letter. You simply must. It is too excellent not to share."
Well, okay. Here it is.
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Subject: Welcome to the Project Gunwalker Scandal story. You're just a month late, and a few million-dollar Pulitzer questions short.
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Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 03:06:52 -0500
Saw your story today. I'll post a link to it on my blog under the headline "Pravda (WaPo) Parrots Kremlin Cover-Up Line." David Codrea and I have been on this story from the beginning about a month ago, from when we picked up the first rumors of this scandal from ATF agents. And, yes, we have our own guys in the agency we talk to. Brave guys, honest guys, guys who we vectored Senators Grassley and Sessions staffers onto. Get this, these agents -- who risk everything -- did not approach the Senators. It was the other way round. We were the midwives of this scandal because nobody else would touch it and the agents were out there, twisting in the wind, willing to tell the truth at great risk to themselves.
You really ought to get out more and do a bit more than taking your crumbs from government press flacks. David is working on a update of my original timeline and summary of this story for "authorized journalists." Maybe you should get in touch with him so at least your questions can be sharpened a bit. Of course you'd have to be at least a little bit curious and drop some of your cherished notions of the way the world works. Are you willing to risk it? I copy Richard Leiby on this because he knows me from the story of the Aryan Republican Army in the 90s (my friends and I embarrassed the FBI into arresting one of the gang, Michael Brescia, with a poster campaign). Talk to him. You may doubt my ancestry, but he will tell you my footnotes and sources are always in order.
"There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your Weltanschauung," to paraphrase the Bard. But if you are both curious adults willing to go outside your comfort zone, be warned. It won't be easy. Like it said on the edge of the old map: "Heer there be Dragones." And most of 'em these days drive government cars. Some of them even have chauffeurs. And some of those even own lapdog "reporters" willing to do their bidding. I'm curious. Which are you?