Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Schaller pleaded guilty to all charges after defying a gag order criticizing the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, which killed 13 Americans.
Marines pleaded guilty to six charges during a court-martial at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
He reportedly told the court that his life was “twisting” after his wife left him and that he lost a small business when he made a video criticizing senior military leadership.
“My life was spiraling at the moment. I was getting messages that I was going to be court-martialed because of my statements,” he said, according to daily Mail.
“My wife had left me and a small business of mine was taken over from me,” he reportedly added.
Mr Sklar was freed from pre-trial imprisonment in a military brigade before a court-martial on Thursday, facing charges including conduct of an officer and a gentleman as well as contempt, disrespect, disobedience and disobedience to duties. Had to do
Mr Sklar rose to national prominence after posting videos to Facebook and LinkedIn as the deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan left the Taliban in control of the country with billions of dollars worth of US military equipment.
“I’m not saying we have to stay in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying: Did any of you throw your ranks at the table and say ‘Hey, emptying out Bagram airfield, a strategic airbase? Bad idea. We evacuate everyone,” Mr. Shelar said in the video
“Did someone do that? And when you didn’t think to do it, did someone raise a hand and say ‘We totally messed it up.'”
He was fired on August 27 after calling on his supporters to help him “bring down the whole f*cking system”.
Despite a “gag order”, he continued to call for accountability from the leadership of the US military, including Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Mark Milley, and his intention to charge General Kenneth McKenzie Jr., the head of US Central Command. declare. “dereliction of duty”.
But before he could bring forth his own charges of dereliction of duty, Mr Scheller was taken into custody on 27 September and himself charged with dereliction of duty.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Afghanistan