Who whacked Assistant US Attorney Thomas W. Wales?
Ten years ago today, on 10-11-01 at about 10:30pm, Assistant US Attorney Thomas C. Wales was shot to death while sitting at his computer in the
basement of his home in the 'Queen Anne' area of Seattle, Washington. The unknown assailant fired multiple shots from a Russian-made Makarov pistol
through the window of the basement from the backyard of the residence. If Wales was killed because of his work, he would be the first
federal prosecutor in U.S. history to be slain in the line of duty.
Ten years later, police are stumped. Though his 18 years as a prosecutor has been widely reported as a more likely motive for the murder, officials
say Wales was a low-profile assistant U.S. attorney who worked on mostly nonviolent, white-collar crimes and almost always negotiated plea
settlements. Some have speculated that pro-2nd amendment advocates are behind the crime, as he was involved in pro-gun control efforts.
If the shooter was some grudge-motivated amateur, I guess it was just lucky that:
--he was able to approach the house and hide in the back yard without anybody noticing
--there were no dogs at the house or in the neighbors' yards
--the victim lived alone
--that he was able to get close enough to hit and kill his target, despite having to shoot through glass
--that the victim conveniently placed himself in clear sight of the shooter for an extended period of time
--that he was then able to get away without him, his car, or his license plate number being identified
No way, this was no amateur job, but rather a professional hit. By someone who knew he could safely hide in the backyard and also knew exactly where
the target would be at the appointed time. And was not afraid of being tracked via stolen license plate. I smell an inside job.
Motive? Forget the gun-control angle. Pro-2nd Amendment advocates are ideologically opposed to any crime committed with a weapon, and are too
politically savvy not to realize the enormous damage such a crime would do to their cause. I am surprised more attention has not been given to the
9-11 tie-in. If the prosecutor's forte was white-collar crimes, then he could have run across inside evidence of the suspicious 'short' trading on
airline and insurance industry stocks in the weeks before 9-11. I think it is significant that he was shot while at his computer. Did the victim
suffer from a bad case of 'loose-lips' by blabbing about what he knew all over the internet?
Some other oddities:
--Police finally did a door-to-door canvas of the neighborhood to see if anybody had seen anything--FOUR YEARS LATER
--The FBI sent its agents on a wild goose chase across the country, trying to track down every Makarov replacement barrel ever sold, as though the
killer would conveniently keep the evidence and hand it over on demand.
--The US Attorney in Seattle, John McKay, according to his own version, was fired by the Bush administration because he was trying too hard to solve
When the government fires the prosecutor for trying too hard to solve the crime, there can only be one reason: THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT WANT THIS
CRIME TO BE SOLVED. Why not? Because they are the ones who ordered the hit.
edit on 11-10-2011 by starviego because: (no reason given)
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