Freed 15 Deals Spur Outrage

Officials defend go-ahead to cash in
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2007 8:55 AM CDT
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(Newser) – 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.