CNN has not independently verified the data in Saturday’s article, which the Daily Beast attributes to “five members of the special-operations community who were not cleared to speak publicly.”
Naval Criminal Investigative Service spokesman Ed Buice confirmed to CNN final month that the NCIS was investigating whether or not two members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six killed Army Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar.
Melgar was a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant, in line with a press release from the US Army Special Command.
Military officers advised CNN army examiner dominated Melgar’s demise whereas on project within the African nation of Mali as a murder.
An official mentioned jurisdiction for the investigation shifted from the Army investigation service to the Navy in September. The official mentioned the switch of jurisdiction indicated that Navy personnel have been topics of the investigation.
Melgar’s reason for demise was asphyxiation, in line with a protection official conversant in the findings of the medical expert’s report.
The Daily Beast article cites two particular operations sources as saying the SEALs underneath investigation over Melgar’s demise had been taking cash from a fund used to pay informants.
It says the sources allege that Melgar uncovered the theft and declined a suggestion to take a reduce of the proceeds.
On June four, in line with the Daily Beast’s sources, an altercation broke out — the reason for which the article says is unknown — and Melgar stopped respiratory. The SEALs and one other Green Beret took Melgar to hospital, the Beast quotes former AFRICOM officers as saying.
Special forces group
Melgar, a local of Lubbock, Texas, enlisted within the US Army in 2012 and started Special Forces coaching in 2013, in line with the US Army Special Command badertion. He served two deployments to Afghanistan.
Melgar was a member of the third Special Forces Group, which is the first unit accountable for Army particular operations in northwest Africa, together with Mali and Niger. Four American troopers killed in Niger in October have been a part of the identical group.
CNN’s Barbara Starr, Eli Watkins and Ryan Browne contributed to this report.