Defense secretary condemns nude photos on Marines Facebook page

Toni Houston
March 11, 2017

The Department of Defense is investigating what's developed into a scandal.

The page was exposed at the weekend for posting photographs of unwitting female marines, some naked, with derogatory and violent sexual language alongside, news which brought swift condemnation from the military and the announcement of a criminal investigation.

"We will not excuse or tolerate such behavior if we are to uphold our values and maintain our ability to defeat the enemy on the battlefield", Mattis said.

Marine Corps Times reported Sunday that the Corps had launched an investigation into a scandal "mostly comprising active-duty U.S. Marines, Marine Corps veterans and British Royal Marines". Since it was taken down, a second Marines United group was started on Facebook, as first reported by Business Insider, and a similar exchange of pictures was discovered on the image-sharing board Anon-IB.

"Almost immediately after the War Horse contacted the Marine Corps about the images in late January, the service asked Google and Facebook to delete accounts linked to the material, and an NCIS inquiry was begun, Brennan writes".

Both Butner and Woytek, with famed lawyer Gloria Allred by their sides, said pictures of them clothed were posted to the group without their consent.

In 2013, not long after joining up as an excited 18-year-old, Johnson was raped by a corporal, she alleged in a report to her command. Neller mentioned the guiding ethos of the Marine Corps and that "unfortunately, it appears that some Marines may have forgotten these fundamental truths, and instead have acted selfishly and unprofessionally through their actions on social media".

Neller also issued a video message Wednesday to the Marine Corps, saying that the incident is "embarrassing to our Corps, to our families and to our nation".

"After being made aware of the photo sharing site today by Business Insider, we are looking further into the matter and taking it seriously, but can not immediately verify any details about the site, the source of its content, or whether there has been any involvement by any airmen", the Air Force said.

"There will be some people who put photos up who clearly violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice", said Don Christensen, former Air Force Chief Prosecutor and president of Protect Our Defenders. Neller said he expected female Marines to be include in the task force.

"I'm not going to speculate - there are probably others out there".

"Thinking back, why wasn't I talking about this", he said. "I don't know if I was on Marines United - I'm not on Facebook any more since all the trouble I had in 2014", she said.

Neller also condemned the threats against the original reporter who uncovered the issue, himself a veteran.

Marine officials said they have reports of several other sites containing nude photos of female military, CBS reported.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain and U.S. Sen. She's also a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves.

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