UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Soldiers who served in Iraq alongside a retired Naval Forces special forces officer, Edward Gallagher, who was pardoned by US President Donald Trump after being accused of war crimes, described him as “harmful” and “very evil”, according to a New York Times newspaper.
Video and photo testimonies submitted by members of the Gallagher Commandos to investigators of war crimes and published by the newspaper, the former “Naive Seals” element, were accused of shooting a 12-year-old boy.
“It is very evil,” said Craig Miller, one of the more experienced elements of the Siles’ Alpha Platon unit of the Naval Crime Investigation Office.
Another element in the unit stated that the newspaper was named Corey Scott, “It was clear to us that he did not mind killing any living creature.”
Another man, Joshua Frenz, added, “The man is mischievous.”
But Gallagher denied these charges, stressing that they were fired for his superiority over his comrades in unity.
Gallagher, 40, who was a sniper, was accused of stabbing to death a 17-year-old prisoner of Islamic State in Iraq in May 2017.
During his trial in 2019, the case spread to conservative newspapers and Trump announced his support for Gallagher.
In March, the US president intervened to transfer Gallagher from prison to a Navy hospital where he was more free.
In July, a military court acquitted him of the charge of murder, but condemned him for taking a picture near the body of an ISIS fighter.
The army lowered his rank and Trump intervened again to overturn this decision.
On November 21, Trump tweeted, “The US Navy will not strip Eddie Calagher of his honor.”
His comments came after several American newspapers published information about the threat of the responsible of this unit at the time, Richard Spencer, to resign because of this file, which he denied.
Last month, he declared, “Contrary to the rumors I am still here. I have not threatened to resign.”
“I need formal orders to move,” Spencer told reporters.
On November 24, a Sales spokesperson told France Press that he could not “confirm” information that spoke to the Navy reporting that the White House had not interfered in the actions taken against Gallagher.
Spencer was removed from office on the same day over the Gallagher case.
Gallagher told the newspaper through his lawyer, “My first reaction to watching the video was the surprise and disgust that they were able to spread similar lies about me, but I soon realized that they were afraid of revealing the truth of their cowardice during their deployment” in Iraq.
Last week, Trump hosted Gallagher and his wife at his Florida residence, where he will spend the end of the year.
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