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Ammon Bundy, leader of armed protesters in Burns, refuses private FBI talk

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BURNS, OR (AP) -

The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon met briefly with a federal agent but left because the official wouldn't talk with him in front of the media.

Ammon Bundy arrived Friday at the airport in Burns, where the FBI has been monitoring the occupation, but left shortly afterward because federal authorities wanted the conversation to be private.

A crowd of reporters watched the brief exchange, while state troopers and armed federal agents looked on.

It came a day after Bundy went to the airport and spoke to an FBI negotiator over the phone. They agreed to speak again Friday.

Bundy's group began occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon on Jan. 2 to oppose federal land use policies.

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