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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 9:00 am, Mon Feb 11, 2013.

Mexico ’s Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that Mexico does not authorize undercover operations that affect the country’s integrity and that it has asked the U.S. government for details of an operation dubbed “Fast and Furious.”

A day earlier, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a hearing in Wash ington that she had not authorized the federal operation that allowed the flow of weapons from the U.S. to Mexico with the intent of identifying and prosecuting major weapons smugglers and drug cartel operatives.

The program was run by the Bureau of Alcohol. Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Napoli tano said it had been approved through the Department of Justice.

In Thursday’s statement, the Mexican government said it had formally requested information from the United St ates .

“The government of Mexico will especially follow developments and has formally requested detailed information from the U.S. government,” the statement said. “The government of Mexico also has initiated investigations to determine if violations were committed on Mexican territory.”

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