Marine Facing Discharge for Sending Unsecured Threat Warning Email To Fellow Marines Garners Capitol Hill Defenders

Photo Credit: BREZLER FAMILY

Photo Credit: BREZLER FAMILY

A Marine facing military discharge for mistakenly sending a threat warning from an unclassified email account garnered high-level support ahead of a military hearing that began Tuesday, with several members of Congress leaping to his defense.

Maj. Jason Brezler, a Marine Corps reservist and New York City fire fighter was facing a board of inquiry — the equivalent of an administrative hearing in the military — for warning his fellow Marines of an insider threat in August 2012.

He had tried to warn about an Afghan police chief — known to be linked to the Taliban, and also a child predator. Brezler’s warning was ultimately ignored, and three Marines were killed by one of the Afghan police chief’s alleged child victims.

The Marine reservist, though, now stands accused of passing classified information through unclassified channels because he allegedly used an improper email account to pass on the warning.

“It really does seem to be a witch hunt,” said Kevin Carroll, an attorney working on Brezler’s case.

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