WASHINGTON, January 28, 2020 — Eddie Gallagher called his Navy SEAL teammates “cowards” on Monday for testifying that he committed war crimes in a military trial.
The ex-SEAL — who was convicted of posing with the corpse of a teenage ISIS militant — blasted his former platoon members in a three-minute video posted on his Facebook and Instagram pages Monday.
“The fight to clear my name is not over,” Gallagher, 40, says in a voice-over. “The truth has never been fully exposed about what really happened.”
“You may think you know but you have no idea,” he continues. “For those who have and continue to slander my name, the truth is coming.”
Several of Gallagher’s platoon subordinates accused him of fatally stabbing a wounded ISIS fighter in the neck. They also claimed he shot innocent Iraqi civilians in 2017. Some testified against him at his court-martial in June. Gallagher’s Facebook video included clips from Naval Criminal Investigative Service interviews of the SEALs. It also listed their duty statuses and current units — including one assigned to the elite SEAL Team 6.
Parts of those interviews were published by The New York Times in December on its FX show “The Weekly.”
The Times published testimony from three SEALs who called Gallagher “freaking evil” and a “psychopath” in videos obtained by the newspaper.
Gallagher pleaded not guilty and was acquitted of murdering the 17-year-old Islamic State terrorist. But he was convicted of posing for a photo with the captive’s corpse, a crime for which the jury reduced his rank.
President Trump helped Gallagher’s cause and got him released from pre-trial confinement and eventually had his rank restored post-conviction.