Confusion brewed nationwide this week when the a report incorrectly reported that Special Operations Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher’s fellow Navy SEALs had secured immunity in exchange for testifying against him, a claim that many media outlets repeated, and built a narrative of SEALs turning against their decorated chief.
Gallagher’s attorney Phil Stackhouse told American Military News, “That makes it look like the entire platoon is turning against Eddie, and they’re just not.”
At least seven fellow Navy SEALs have been granted immunity to speak to both the prosecution and defense lawyers in Gallagher’s trial.
Gallagher has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, which include premeditated murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Gallagher is accused of using a knife to stab a detained 15-year-old ISIS fighter multiple times in May 2017, which eventually resulted in the fighter’s death while in SEAL custody, though Gallagher and his legal team, as well as other evidence, contradict the allegations. He has claimed that multiple fellow SEALs fabricated the numerous charges against him due to disagreement with his leadership style.