According to Cefalu, his termination letter said he was fired because he leaked documents on CleanupATF.org, a website which he helped create. While Cefalu admits to the document leak, he said he only did so after omitting sensitive pieces of information and following agency protocol.
Days before Cefalu’s termination, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sent a letter to the ATF, asking the agency not to hastily act out against whistleblowers. If Cefalu decides to appeal his firing, he will remain on paid administrative leave throughout the process.
Cefalu’s tipoff about Operation Gunrunner has parlayed into congressional hearings and may lead to the resignation of ATF chief Ken Melson. President Barack Obama reproached the ATF’s handling of Operation Gunrunner, calling the agency’s actions “a serious mistake.”
“Simply put, we knowingly let hundreds of guns and dozens of identified bad guys go across the border,” Cefalu said to Fox News.
Jory Heckman is an intern with Federal News Radio.
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