MADISON (WKOW) -- An Indiana deputy prosecutor resigned Thursday morning after admitting he sent an email to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker suggesting the administration fake an attack on the governor to discredit public employee unions.
"If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions to physically attack you, or even use a firearm against you, you could discredit the unions," wrote Carlos F. Lam of Johnson County.
The message was discovered by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism while reporters sifted through tens of thousands of emails released in an open records request.
Lam initially denied sending the message, telling reporters from the WCIJ that his Hotmail account had been hacked, and that he planned to file a police report.
The Governor's office said no one on its staff had read the email, and no one responded.
"Certainly we do not support the actions in [the] email," wrote Press Secretary Cullen Werwie.
The message was sent February 19, three days before a blogger posing as billionaire David Koch called the governor and suggested planting "troublemakers" among the protesters.
Walker began by saying, "Well, the only problem with that — because we thought about that," but ultimately said he'd decided it was a bad idea.
"Many people are looking for an excuse to break this up, for any excuse to call [the protesters] violent," said Teaching Assistants' Association co-president Kevin Gibbons.
Gibbons says he wasn't surprised by the email's suggestion. He says planting a troublemaker could potentially make a significant impact on public opinion of the demonstrations.
"People have demonstrated for weeks and weeks and there has been no violence. So they want to push against that."
The deputy prosecutor's email was sent the same day another Indiana law-enforcement figure made a controversial suggestion about dealing with Wisconsin's protest crowds.
State deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Cox tweeted from his personal account that police should use live ammunition to clear protesters from the capitol.
Cox was fired four days later.
MADISON (WKOW) -- An Indiana deputy prosecutor resigned Thursday morning after admitting he sent a controversial email to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
The email from Carlos Lam encouraged the governor to fake an attack on himself.
Lam went on to say, "If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions to physically attack you, or even use a firearm against you, you could discredit the unions."
Lam initially denied he sent the email, but after the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism released the email, Lam admitted and resigned.
Derek Staahl will have more on this story tonight on 27 News at 10.
MADISON (WKOW) -- A report reveals Gov. Scott Walker received an email suggesting he fake an attack on himself to discredit union protesters.
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism obtained the email, which was sent from the private account of an Indiana deputy prosecutor and GOP activist, who denies sending it.
The email was sent February 19, during union demonstrations against Gov. Walker's budget repair bill which ends most collective bargaining rights for a majority of state workers.
The email suggested that the situation in Wisconsin presented "a good opportunity for what's called a 'false flag' operation."
"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 email said.
"Currently, the media is painting the union protest as a democratic uprising and failing to mention the role of the DNC and umbrella union organizations in the protest. Employing a false flag operation would assist in undercutting any support that the media may be creating in favor of the unions. God bless, Carlos F. Lam."
However Carlos F. Lam, the deputy Johnson County, Ind., prosecutor and an Indianapolis resident, said he never wrote it.
Lam confirmed with the Center for Investigative Journalism that his email address matched the Hotmail address appearing on the Walker email, but said he had never written to Walker.
"I am flabbergasted and would never advocate for something like this, and would like everyone to be sure that that's just not me," he said, after he was read the email.
Lam said he hasn't filed a police report, but he intends to do so by the end of the week.
He said he was minivan-shopping with his family when the email was sent.
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The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism contributed to this report.