The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon met briefly with a federal agent Friday, but left because the agent wouldn't talk with him in front of the media.
The short meeting occurred as the standoff over federal land use policies stretches to the three-week mark and as Oregon officials are putting increased pressure on federal authorities to take action against Ammon Bundy's group.
Bundy arrived at the airport in Burns late Friday morning, where the FBI has set up a staging area. On Thursday, Bundy went to the airport and spoke to an FBI negotiator over the phone. They agreed to speak again Friday, but Bundy left shortly after he arrived because the FBI agent he spoke with said federal authorities wanted any conversation to be private.
Bundy wants face-to-face conversations in front of reporters.
"I really don't think, at this point, even having another phone conversation here without him would be beneficial," Bundy said before leaving.
He also questioned the FBI's authority.
"If you haven't got sanction from the sheriff, there's no reason to be talking to you," Bundy said.
A crowd of reporters watched the brief exchange, while state troopers and armed federal agents looked on.
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