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Through a series of circumstances that he outlines in his lead paragraphs at The Examiner, gun rights activist and reporter David Codrea has established communication with a decorated Vietnam War veteran who acknowledged that he illegally sold about 1,000 guns, shipping the bulk of them to Honduras and other countries in Central and South America.  All done with the implicit approval of the ATF who he claims looked the other way.

Gun seller Hugh Crumpler III currently is doing time at a federal corrections facility, and he’s talking about ATF’s Operation Castaway operations — this time in Orlando, FL.

My dear friend, Hugh Crumpler III, was the sole gun dealer in the middle of the ATF Operation Castaway.  He is now doing time at a Federal Medical Facility in Lexington, KY. In hopes of gaining early release, he would like very much to share his true story with you for publication.  His wife is being contacted by the ATF, I believe to discourage him from telling his story and causing further embarrassment to them for this ill-advised program that ran concurrently with Fast and Furious. My sole mission in this is to help him get his story out.  It is truly fascinating and coming from one of the most honest guys I have ever had the privilege to call “friend”.  Please let me know if you are interested and if so, I will be happy to put you in touch with Hugh.

Codrea, along with Mike Vanderbeogh (“Dutchman6”) of Sipsey Street Irregulars, is credited with exposing the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious scandal when the pair wrote a piece based on an anonymous source claiming that the Phoenix ATF office was “walking” guns to Mexico.

Codrea has published — with the Crumpler’s permission — their correspondence sent from behind bars.  It’s riveting.

Read the back and forth email correspondence from Crumpler to Codrea on Examiner.com Exclusive: Story of central ‘Operation Castaway’ figure in his own words – National gun rights | Examiner.com