Oregon standoff Day 21: What you need to know Friday – OregonLive.com
As we enter Day 21 of the standoff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, here are the latest developments:
● The FBI opened negotiations Thursday with refuge occupier Ammon Bundy in a nearly hourlong cellphone conversation. The FBI agent, who identified himself on the phone only as “Chris,” listened to Bundy’s well-practiced litany of complaints against the federal government and probed for what it would take to end his occupation. They ended the call with the promise to talk again Friday.
● In a letter to the country’s top law enforcement officials, Gov. Kate Brown pressed for “swift resolution” of the wildlife refuge occupation outside Burns. Brown also wrote President Obama calling for action “without further delay.” The FBI released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying its response has been “deliberate and measured as we seek a peaceful resolution.”
● One of the protesters taking part in the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a 68-year-old former woodworker and, according to court records and authorities, a convicted killer. Neil Sigurd Wampler drove to Oregon from his home on the California coast earlier this month to join those protesting the arson convictions of father and son ranchers outside Burns. In August 1977, Wampler, who was 29, was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of his father, Forey Edward Wampler, in Lake County, Calif., according to the district attorney’s office there and police reports.
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