Hondo went ahead and got a FOIA on Jake Diliberto, the guy we profiled the other day who goes on Larry King and Russia TV, and writes for the Huffington Post under a bio which claims he’s an Afghanistan and Iraq veteran. As we mentioned the other day with the colorful narratives from his fellow Marines, Diliberto has been to neither Afghanistan nor Iraq. Here’s his DD214;
His records say that he was in “Afganistan/Pakistan” but we know from our three witnesses that he only got as far as Pakistan before he flattened his penis and got sent back to the boat to scrape barnacles or whatever they do on boats these days. Here are his assignments;
Notice that this document supports what Diliberto told me in emails; that he only made it as far as Kuwait in regards to Iraq. Of course, he made it sound as if he was doing some top priority security mission that occasionally took him into Iraq, but that’s not what the records say.
And, although Diliberto, claims that he was “Special Operations”, his records show no school time for any special operations units, not even airborne training. Hard to be special operations without BAC. It also supports his fellow Marines’ claims that he was a major shitbird. His only awards were for service and awards for what his unit did, no personal awards. I don’t even see a Good Conduct Medal.
This is typical of the folks who leave the service and try to get involved in the anti-war movement. There’s always some malfeasance that they don’t admit to, and they try to make themselves appear larger than life, but in their hearts, they’re just shitbirds. And Diliberto started out as an IVAW member. Just another Iraq Veteran Against the War who never went to Iraq.
Thanks to Hondo for riding herd on the FOIA. And thanks to those Marines who came forward and shared their tales of Diliberto. I always felt that something about him didn’t add up, and they confirmed my suspicions. Some times I love this job too much.