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Re: [CT] INSIGHT - Mexico - ICE Hit - US706

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 1891085
Date 2011-02-17 23:17:21
Here is a recap of insight from Fred's fed LE contacts that we drafted
this morning. Fred suggests we take out some specifics if we write on it
for the website though, like specific reference to Subway so we don't get
his sources in trouble.

According to STRATFOR sources with knowledge of the investigation and
details surrounding the attack, the working theory behind the attack
against the two ICE agents was that they were the target of a "hit"
sanctioned by the top ranks of the Los Zetas cartel. Originally it was
thought that the men were targeted because they were driving in (according
to sources) a high-profile, fully-armored navy blue Suburban SUV, a valued
commodity amongst cartel members.

While a carjacking may have been the original intent once the vehicle was
first spotted, according to STRATFOR sources, the two agents stopped for
lunch at a Subway fast-food restaurant along the route before the
incident. While the distance between the restaurant and the roadblock
where the shooting took place is not yet known, it is possible that
stopping while in route from Mexico City to Monterrey may have led to them
to be identified as U.S. law enforcement and provided time for Zetas
associates to put an operation in place to target the two agents at the
roadblock (we believe a rolling roadblock) along Hwy 57. This is
especially possible since according to sources, the vehicle they were
driving had diplomatic mission license plates. As the agents stopped (or
were forced/boxed in) at the roadblock (which they thought was that of the
military), it would be difficult for the gunmen not to have noticed the
specialized plates indicating the vehicle as that of U.S. federal law
enforcement. There is a specific two-letter code issued on license
plates to federal agents inside Mexico.

As the ICE agent who survived begins to provide more details, the tactical
operation and motive of the attack will become clearer. Still, we are left
with the question of why the gunmen did not kill both men, not leaving any
witnesses if they did know the two men were U.S. agents. However, this
insight from well-placed U.S. federal security sources indicates that the
agents may have been targeted because of their status as U.S. federal
agents, a possibility which we are continuing to explore.
On 2/17/11 2:56 PM, scott stewart wrote:

I'm open to it.

What it the evidence that points us in that direction?

From: [] On Behalf
Of Sean Noonan
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2011 2:33 PM
Subject: Re: [CT] INSIGHT - Mexico - ICE Hit - US706

readers and sources seem pretty critical of our point that it was a
carjacking. I wouldn't know, but should we reevaluate?

On 2/17/11 11:30 AM, Fred Burton wrote:

Its not the federal working theory however.

Scott Stewart wrote:

That is one of the points I made yesterday..


*From: *"Michael Wilson"

*To: *"Analyst List"

*Sent: *Thursday, February 17, 2011 11:19:26 AM

*Subject: *INSIGHT - Mexico - ICE Hit - US706

Source Code: US706


SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Investigative journalist close to Mexican DTOs





Reports from FOX are claiming that the ICE agents were the intended

targets..... I find it hard to believe that the attack was

premeditated---the Zetas don't often leave living witnesses...


Sean Noonan

Tactical Analyst

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