A new report has cast doubt in the case of Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, the Green Beret accused of murdering a Taliban bomb maker in 2010.
New details indicate that investigators incorrectly portrayed his admission in the initial investigation, leading to damaging mischaracterization, and an overall dishonest investigation, according to an exclusive Washington Post report on Saturday.
Golsteyn deployed to Iraq in 2003, then again to Afghanistan in 2009. While on the second deployment, he commanded Operational Detachment Alpha 3121, with the 3rd Special Forces Group. There, he fought in the Battle of Marja, leading his unit, dozens of U.S. Marines, and some 300 Afghan soldiers against the Taliban.
During a recorded job interview with the CIA in 2010, Golsteyn first admitted that he’d killed a Taliban bomb maker who was responsible for the bombs that killed two other U.S. service members, and proved to be “a demonstrated threat to my guys,” Golsteyn had told investigators.
He said he believed he was obeying the rules of engagement for killing the militant due to the bomb components surrounding the man, which made him an “armed combatant.”
Afterward, he burned the body, an act customary for unclaimed bodies.