Monday, March 21, 2011

Photos Released in Afghan "Kill Team" Case

The Washington Post reports that a German news organization, Der Spiegel, published a series of photographs in the Afghan "Kill Team" case.  One shows a U.S. soldier smiling as he posed with the bloodied and partially naked corpse of an Afghan civilian. The photos were among several seized by Army investigators looking into the deaths of three unarmed Afghans last year. Five soldiers based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been charged with murder and conspiracy in the case. The Army had been trying to keep the photos under wraps. In fact, a protective order was issued in the courts-martial. Some defense teams had been granted copies but were not allowed to disseminate them.

Reuters reports that one of the pictures shows Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock. Morlock agreed last month to plead guilty to murder charges and testify against his co-defendants. According to the article, the deal calls for Morlock to serve no more than 24 years in prison.