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Posted at 2:54 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Marine whistleblower Franz Gayl: Security clearance removal is retaliation

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Franz Gayl made a name for himself a few years ago as a Marine Corps whistleblower, a civilian scientist who helped push the Pentagon to shift its Iraqi weapons strategy. Senators called him a hero for disclosures that helped get heavily armored vehicles known as MRAPs to the battlefield.

But a few weeks ago, Gayl found himself booted from a room where confidential materials are handled and stripped of his security clearance. His superiors accused him of "a disregard for regulations, a pattern of poor judgment and intentional misconduct" - behavior that they said "indicates you are unreliable and untrustworthy."

Gayl's alleged offense - described in official documents - was inserting a USB device into a computer containing classified information twice in 2008 and then failing to turn over the device to a supervisor. They first raised this concern in March, and no security leaks have been alleged.

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By R. Jeffrey Smith  | November 19, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
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So, in the light of the Wiki-leaks scandal, are we to cut Gayl a break just because he did somethings well in the past, or should he be held accountable like everyone else who screws up when entrusted with our Nations' classified material? Smells like you are advocating a double standard Jeff.

Posted by: williambarnacle | November 19, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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