A military judge on Tuesday asked the Navy to address claims that allegations from a potential government witness were being leaked to the media in the case of a SEAL charged with murder in the 2017 death of an Iraqi war prisoner.
The judge, Capt. Aaron Rugh, said the leak is “disconcerting” because violating a protective order could taint the jury, affect testimony and impact whether Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, 39, receives a fair trial. He said the government has “all the power to investigate.”
The Navy says it is investigating and has limited the number of people who have access to the information to stop the leaks.