My inbox filled up with links to this story suddenly. It’s about 28-year-old Robert Richards who was in the video recently of Marine snipers who urinated on the corpses of some Taliban. Apparently he was found dead and an autopsy is being performed, but it doesn’t appear to have been self-inflicted at this time. From the Marine Corps Times;
Richards was a scout sniper with multiple deployments to Afghanistan dating back to 2008. Peers and superiors alike praised him for his combat prowess and leadership skills, evidenced by his being hand-selected to serve as the scout sniper platoon team leader for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, during its 2011 tour.
It was during that deployment when Richards and three other Marines made a video of themselves urinating on Taliban corpses. The video surfaced online in January 2012, causing an international uproar.
Richards talked to the Marine Corps Times reporter when the video was posted online by a Marine who had stolen the camera from the original photographer of the video when that Marine was injured and sent home;
Richards said he is tired of people asking why he and his fellow Marines urinated on the dead insurgents, and angry with Commandant Gen. Jim Amos and other Marine Corps leaders for allowing the cases to take so long to play out. At the same time, he expressed remorse for causing hardship for others in his battalion, and said he was devastated when the video was released.
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