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Ex-US attorney faulted in arms-trafficking scheme

Justice report says he retaliated against agent

WASHINGTON — The US attorney in Arizona violated Justice Department policy by providing Fox News with information apparently aimed at undercutting the credibility of a federal agent who helped reveal a botched inquiry into an arms trafficking scheme, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Monday.

There was substantial evidence in the 2011 incident that former US attorney Dennis Burke’s motive for disclosing a memo by federal agent John Dodson was retaliation, the inspector general’s report said.

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