According to a post at the CleanUpATF forum by 'Jumper,' Gillett is not all that revered by some in the ATF. CleanUpATF is a place where agents can post anonymously about what's going on at the agency. Jumper doesn't think much of Gillett:
George Gillett is no Whistleblower.It is indeed interesting that Gillett retained an attorney and went only to Grassley while - as far as I know - the other three men who came forward did so by also going to the press (CBS) without legal counsel. If it's true that Gillett is talking, not to do the right thing but to save his hide, this scandal could be on the verge of blowing wide open.
Whistleblowers are people who know of corruption or criminal acts and for moral and ethical reasons risk their careers and reputations to report that to higher authorities. George Gillett has used his power to destroy Whistleblowers.
John Dodson and Darrin Gil are Whistleblowers. Gillett is what is known in the world of criminal investigations as a snitch. He is a rat who only cooperated and came forward with information after his own ass was on the line. Don't be mistaken, it was for no other reason.
Do not for a single second use the names of Dodson and Gil in the same sentence with Gillett. Gillett does not deserve the respect or honor of trying to do the right thing.
George Gillett is a corrupt, lying, evil hearted government employee who hides behind a badge and a gun and an GS-15 title. If one person out there whether you be in favor of CleanUpATF or against it can dispute that claim then post up your response and I ask the Webmaster to allow it to stand.
Gillett represents everything bad about ATF management and carries himself with the smug arrogence of knowing that he will always land on his feet because he is protected by his bosses. If nothing else, he is smart and knows exactly how to play the system and exactly how long he can ride the train before he has to jump off.
Gillett has been allowed to destroy careers and reputations while Bill Newell and ATF headquarters protects him. He has become known as the most retaliatory supervisor in ATF history and trust me, that takes a voluminous amount of retaliation to carry that title.
The next good thing he does for ATF will be the first good thing he has done for ATF. I guess the silver lining in this that Newell, McMahon, Chait, Hoover and Melson are about to be served up by an insider.
Grassley has sent another letter to ATF Director Kenneth Melson too. One of the letter's attachments is a copy of an internal ATF email that gives instructions on what agents should do if approached by Congress. The instructions involved not telling Congress anything. Grassley wasn't happy. HERE is a copy of the letter.
CBS has more.