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The U. Department of Defense is investigating hundreds of Marines who used social media to solicit and share hundreds — possibly thousands — of naked photographs of female service members and veterans. Since Jan. In one instance, a female corporal in uniform was followed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, by a fellow Marine, who surreptitiously photographed her as she picked up her gear.
Those photographs were posted on the Facebook group Marines United, which has nearly 30, followers, drawing dozens of obscene comments. And throat. And ears. Both of them. Video it though … for science.
Senior officials with Headquarters Marine Corps have verified that incident, as well as the distribution of photographs of other active-duty and veteran women through the and links to a Google Drive. The photo sharing began less than a month after the first Marine infantry unit was ased women Jan.
It underscores ongoing problems of sexual harassment within military ranks and could hurt recruitment of women. Officials within the Defense Department confirmed it also puts service members at risk for blackmail and jeopardizes national security.
Within a day of Brennan contacting Marine Corps headquarters Jan. However, it is clear that the actions taken so far have not stopped the activity: Photos of the woman followed at Camp Lejeune were posted on Marines United on Feb. The Marine who shot those photos has been discharged from active duty, Marine Corps officials confirmed.
Ronald L. Green, the most senior enlisted Marine on active duty, wrote in an response. The service is deeply concerned about the damage the incident could do to the Marines, according to a document provided to leaked nude marines Friday warning them of the upcoming story. It also outlines another possible blow to come: inappropriate responses from Marines.
More than 2, comments about the photos were left by group members, many of whom used their personal Facebook s that include their names, ranks and duty stations. Some invited others to collect, identify and share photos of naked or scantily clad servicewomen. Based on their profiles, service members who participated in the photo sharing are stationed around the world — from Japan to North Carolina — and across military branches, from air wing to infantry. Dozens of now-deleted Google Drive folders linked from the Facebook included dossiers of women containing their names, military branches, nude photographs, screenshots of their social media s and images of sexual acts.
Dozens of other subfolders included unidentifiable women in various stages of undress. Many images appear to have originated from the consensual, but private, exchange of racy images, some clearly taken by the women themselves. After leaked nude marines s were deleted, the Marine Corps contacted the employer of the Marine veteran who initially posted the Google Drive link on Marines United. He was fired from his position as a government subcontractor in the United States, according to Maj.
Clark Carpenter, a Marine Corps spokesman. The War Horse has spoken with five of the women in the photographs. Two said they believe former partners might have leaked images. Some said they worry their own s might have been hacked or poached. One said a co-worker, a male Marine, alerted her to the fact that the photographs had been posted. The corporal photographed at Camp Lejeune learned she had been stalked only after The War Horse sought comment from military officials. But she said she thinks she remembers the man.
Leaked nude marines spoke on condition of anonymity, nervous about reprisal and becoming more of a target. The group has a code of conduct pinned to the top of its : no discussing Marines United; no threats, harm or harassment; and no racist and illegal posts. The thousands of images gathered by some group members reveal information about hundreds of female veterans and service members, including social media handles and where they are stationed.
There is more coming. They just have to private message me for their own personal link. Some Marines promised free beer to contributors. Many tagged friends. They stand for honor, courage and commitment. In recent years, the armed forces have implemented programs and protocols to respond to reports of sexual harassment, assault and equal opportunity violations. But Marine Corps officials confirmed that none include procedures for dealing with sexual exploitation of this nature.
InU. Jackie Speier, D-Calif. In that case, comments denigrating women were posted on a Facebook. James Amos, then-commandant of the Marine Corps, responded by citing the difficulties in monitoring and tracking social media to investigate offensive content, as well as inadequate funding. InJulia Pierson was the first woman to be appointed as director of the U. Secret Service.
The War Horse submitted multiple requests for additional comment to the defense secretary and commandant of the Marine Corps. Both declined to comment on specifics of the situation, citing the ongoing investigation. Thomas J. Brennan is the founder of The War Horse. Thomas' passion in writing is exploring war, trauma, and loss. Prior to studying at Columbia University, he was a sergeant in the Marine Corps and served in Iraq and Afghanistan as an infantryman. Read his work with the New York Times. Marines during a nighttime training. Credit: U. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl.
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US Marines accused of sharing nude photos of female colleagues