A U.S. Marine officer has been accused of sending classified information in an unprotected email to warn his fellow marines, of an imminent attack in Afghanistan and his lawyer has a perplexing question.
If Hillary Clinton isn’t being prosecuted for repeatedly mishandling classified information for her own benefit, why should his client face a discharge from the service for doing the same — but only one time and for honorable reasons?
“And certainly, if Secretary Clinton becomes the next commander-in-chief, it would be the ultimate hypocrisy for her to declare others unfit for service based on alleged misconduct equal to or less serious than that she herself engaged,” said attorney Michael Bowe, according to the Marine Corps Times.
Bowe represents Marine Maj. Jason Brezler, who has been slowly twisting in the wind for nearly three years for using his personal email account to try to warn Marines in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province that an Afghan police chief was a security risk, suspected of sexually abusing personal assistants known as “tea boys.”
Seventeen days after Brezler sent the email in response to inquiries from Marines at Forward Operating Base Delhi, one of those “tea boys” killed three Marines on the base and injured a fourth.
The Marine Times reported:
Brezler has filed a lawsuit in a U.S. district court challenging a board of inquiry’s December 2013 recommendation that he be discharged for sending the email from his personal account and taking classified documents back home from Afghanistan so he could write a book. The Marine Corps has agreed not to discharge Brezler until October while his lawsuit moves forward. The federal judge in the case has vowed to hear arguments by then.
Bowe observed that while Comey called Clinton’s use of her private email to send and receive classified information “extremely careless,” President Obama claimed that it didn’t detract from “her excellent ability to carry out her duties.”
“If that is so, then the current commander-in-chief should apply the same standard to Maj. Brezler and any service member under his command who have been found unfit to serve for far, far less alleged misconduct,” Bowe told Marine Corps Times.
Everyone is supposed to be subject to the same laws, regardless of rank or standing.
Brezler has more than Bowe on his side. His supporters include Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Mayer, former Assistant Defense Secretary Bing West and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.
The all agree on one thing — he’s getting a raw deal in return for doing the right thing by warning fellow Marines.
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