Green Beret 'Admitted to Murder' in Job Interview

Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn faces murder charges
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2018 9:38 AM CST
Green Beret 'Admitted to Murder' in Job Interview
In this Jan. 4, 2011 file photo, U.S Army Capt. Mathew Golsteyn, right, is congratulated by fellow soldiers following the Valor Awards ceremony for 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, NC.   (James Robinson/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

A celebrated Green Beret admits to killing a man, but insists it wasn't murder—an impression the US Army no longer shares, NBC News reports. Army Maj. Mathew Golsteyn has admitted twice to the 2010 killing of an Afghan male in Marjah, Afghanistan, insisting the victim was a dangerous bomb-maker. But now, after much ado, the US Army has charged Golsteyn with murder. "Major Matthew Golsteyn's immediate commander has determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant the preferral of charges against him," says a lieutenant colonel. Golsteyn first acknowledged the killing in a 2010 CIA interview, which sparked an Army probe and a 2014 reprimand but no formal charges.

Then Golsteyn admitted to it again during a 2016 Fox News interview, saying he believed the alleged bomber would harm others if released—a comment that revived the old Army probe. Seems the murder came after two US Marines were killed by a bomb in 2010; per military documents, Golsteyn and other soldiers uncovered bomb-making materials, hauled in a local suspect, and were close to releasing him when they shot, killed, and buried the man. Later they allegedly dug up his remains and burned them. A source says new evidence contradicts Golsteyn's version of events, but he denies any guilt: "I have had commanders look me in the face and tell me I have done nothing wrong," he says. Golsteyn has a Distinguished Service Cross for his valor in battle, the Army Times notes. (More US Army stories.)

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