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Indiana prosecutor who emailed Walker suggesting fake attack has resigned
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Carlos Lam
Carlos Lam

An Indiana deputy prosecutor and Republican activist identified in a story published Thursday on, written by Kate Golden of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, has resigned. The story reveals an email in which Carlos F. Lam suggested faking an attack on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Lam's supervisor, Johnson County prosecutor Bradley D. Cooper, issued a statement on the issue Thursday afternoon. It reads:

Over the weekend, on his own time and on his own personal computer, one of my deputy prosecutors sent an e-mail to Governor Walker of Wisconsin that contained a foolish suggestion. He originally denied sending the e-mail claiming that his hotmail account had been hacked into. Early this morning, the deputy contacted me from his home, admitted to me that he did send the e-mail to Governor Walker and tendered his resignation, which I have accepted.

Lam's Feb. 19 email praised Walker but went on to say that the situation in Wisconsin presented "a good opportunity for what's called a 'false flag' operation."

The email continues: "If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions' cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions."

The report from Wisconsin Watch quickly generated interest in online progressive circles Thursday afternoon, including a high-traffic Daily Kos diary and a Think Progress report.

Johnson County is in the Indianapolis metro area.

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