Highly decorated Marine Corps Reserve Officer, Major Jason Brezler, has won a battle in the fight to save his career. The Corps has agreed to delay his discharge for eight months while his lawsuit carries on in federal court.
The suit challenges the board of inquiry’s recommendation to discharge the 13-year veteran for “mishandling classified information.”
While back in the U.S. in 2012, Brezler reportedly received an email with the subject line: “SARWAR JAN IS BACK!” Jan, a notorious Afghan police chief had apparently taken a position at Forward Operating Base Delhi, two years after Brezler got him fired from a Marine installation for “alleged unethical behavior. ”
After receiving that alarming email from a colleague, Brezler did what he thought was the right thing to do and sent out a warning to troops in Afghanistan about Jan. Just 17 days later, one of Jan’s teenage servants killed three Marines — all in their 20’s — at FOB Delhi.
Sarwar was fired after that attack but was not charged for the murders. He’s reportedly still a police official in Afghanistan. The board of inquiry found that because Brezler used an unsecured personal email account to send classified documents, he should be discharged.
Brezler sent the email with a classified briefing document about Sarwar to the operations officer for 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, which was responsible for FOB Delhi — according to Marine Corps Times.
Many have come to Brezler’s defense over the past several years, including the father of one of the Marines who was killed in the insider attack, Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley.
Buckley Sr. told CNN in 2013, that he would have his son here with him today if someone had listened to Brezler. He also said it doesn’t make sense for the Marine Corps to be going after Brezler — they should be giving him a medal instead.
While a Marine Corps inquiry did not find any evidence linking Sarwar Jan to sexually abusing boys, when Brezler expelled him from the outpost in Now Zad in 2010, one of the allegations was that Jan molested boys. He also allegedly beat Afghans who didn’t pay him bribes.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wrote to the Secretary of Defense in December, urging him to review Brezler’s case. Congressman Hunter also asked that NCIS records be released on whether Sarwar Jan used U.S. taxpayer dollars to abuse children.
Editor’s note: The original headline stated that Brezler sent the email from Afghanistan. This information was incorrect; the email was sent to from the U.S. to Afghanistan.
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