Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) staff says that no one on the staff ever read an e-mail sent to them in February by a deputy prosecutor in Johnson County, Ind., which encouraged the Walker administration to stage a "false flag" assault or assassination attempt on Walker in order to discredit unions in the Wisconsin political battle over Walker's anti-public employee union legislation.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said the Republican governor's staff were surprised when an investigative reporter pointed it out to him.
Walker's office has received tens of thousands of emails since he unveiled and passed his plan to sharply curtail collective bargaining by public employee unions and that has made it difficult to go through them all, aides have said.
"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," said the e-mail from Carlos Lam, which was discovered by Wisconsin Watch
, a project of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Lam, contacted by Wisconsin Watchdog
on Thursday, initially denied sending the e-mail, claiming that his e-mail account had been hacked -- but admitted later in the day that he did send it, and resigned his job.