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During a court-martial on Tuesday, an unnamed CIA agent testified under the protection of anonymity that he witnessed a Navy SEAL physically assaulting an unarmed prisoner in Iraq back in October 2003. According to the agent’s testimony, he saw the SEAL on top of the prisoner, hitting him. The agent reported the incident to a senior CIA official on the ground, who warned the Navy commander that such behavior was not acceptable.
The trial in question involves Lieutenant Andrew K. Ledford, who is being accused of allowing his Navy SEALs to abuse prisoners, including one who died. Former Petty Officer Dan Cerrillo also testified on Tuesday under immunity that he was a Navy SEAL involved in the incident but claimed he was acting on orders from higher-ups whom he referred to as “these people we shouldn’t be talking about.” He also mentioned that a security personnel present warned him not to punch the detainee in the face.
During the CIA agent’s testimony, the public was barred from the courtroom due to the classified nature of the information. None of the jurors asked any questions during the unclassified portion of the testimony that could have shed light on discrepancies between the CIA agent’s and Cerrillo’s accounts of the incident. The attack took place in October 2003 when Navy SEALs and CIA agents collaborated to arrest “senior” Iraqis suspected of terrorism.
Ten SEALs have been accused of abusing prisoners, including the one who died, but no CIA agents or employees have faced charges in connection to the incident. Ledford is being charged with dereliction of duty, false reporting, misconduct, and assault. His defense attorney claims that the prosecutors will not present any evidence to prove that Ledford saw or knew about the abuse of prisoners under his command. Two members of Ledford’s platoon testified that they also physically assaulted prisoners, including the one who died.