Fast and Furious was a gun walking operation that allowed over 2,000 high powered weapons to land into the hands of already dangerous Mexican drug cartels. They are connected to the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and over 300 Mexican citizens. No one within the Department of Justice has been held accountable for the operation.
Her article made the actual people responsible for the operation, especially Agent David Voth, very sympathetic characters and the whistle blower Agent Dodson, as bitter and angry. In his lawsuit, Dodson said Ms. Eban “falsely reported that the Plaintiff initiated gun walking activity based on a grudge he had with his superior.”
Ms. Eban claimed to know the truth about Fast & Furious despite all available evidence. Agent Dodson alleges “the article is fictitious in the sense that it contains facts that Defendant knew to be false prior to publication. Further, the contentions made in the article have [SIC] eviscerated in the public domain.”
The Department of Justice’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his report last month and it undermined Ms. Eban’s article. She claims he reached a different conclusion than she did.
Agent Dodson also said the article negatively portrayed his work ethic and relied only on one person’s account. He wanted to give Ms. Eban his side of the story, but she refused to listen. In Katie Pavlich’s book Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up she describes in detail what Agent Dodson went through when he came forward. Actions included taking away his gun and being stuck in a surveillance room for 10 hours a day.
Members of Congress disputed Ms. Eban account of the Fast and Furious story but Time went ahead with the publication.
Earlier this month Agent Dodson requested through his lawyer that Fortune retract the article. They refused.