Marine Faces Discharge for Warning About Child Rapist

Jason Brezler sent classified info, turned himself in

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 30, 2013 12:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Jason Brezler is a highly decorated Marine Corps reserve officer, and has served four tours in Afghanistan and Iraq over 13 years. But now he faces "other than honorable" discharge, and all because he tried to warn his colleagues in Afghanistan about a child rapist, CNN reports. During his 2009-2010 deployment in Helmand province, Brezler got a local police commander named Sarwar Jan fired because he was allegedly raping children on US bases. Last year, Brezler learned that Jan had been reappointed. He immediately warned his colleagues at Forward Operating Base Delhi in an email, to which he attached a classified document with allegations about Jan (who is also allegedly tied to the Taliban). The email was sent from an unclassified account, Fox News reports.

Brezler wanted FOB Delhi to know that Jan "was a threat not only to local children but to Marines," says his lawyer. But the Marines responded to the email indicating that some of the information Brezler sent may have been classified, and Brezler turned himself in right away. He'll face a board of inquiry next month. Two Marine Corps generals, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Rep. Peter King have all written letters supporting Brezler, with Gillibrand pointing out that "in the end his assessment of the threat proved accurate." Less than two weeks after Brezler sent the warning—which there's no evidence inspired any action—an assistant working for Jan allegedly shot and killed three Marines at FOB Delhi. The father of one of those Marines believes that if Brezler's warning had been heeded, "I would have my son."

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