Britain’s military chiefs are under fire for allowing 15 British sailors and Royal Marines released by Iran to sell their stories. Faye Turney has already closed a deal for almost $200,000, and at least two others are considering offers. The families of British servicemen killed and wounded in Iraq are outraged.
Officials claim they suspended the usual rules—"as a result of exceptional media interest"—to insure that military brass will have some control over what is divulged. The subtext of the controversy is lingering dismay that the group co-operated too enthusiastically with their captors and don’t deserve to profit.