Marines will probe nude-photo scandal; Mattis to discuss issue with all services

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Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller listens to comments during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 2, 2016. (CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES)
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Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller listens to comments during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 2, 2016. (CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Marines will probe nude-photo scandal; Mattis to discuss issue with all services

by: Corey Dickstein | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: March 11, 2017

WASHINGTON -– A Marine Corps task force will investigate the nude-photo scandal and scrutinize internal cultural issues and policies that might have led some male servicemembers to share explicit images of female Marines on the Internet, Gen. Robert Neller, the service’s commandant, announced Friday.

During a news conference about the scandal, Neller said he has appointed Assistant Commandant Gen. Glenn Walters to lead the task force.

“They’re going to look at what is going on while developing plans for corrective actions and recommendations to policies, procedures, education and training of Marines that will prevent this in the future and the culture, I’d say sub-culture, that may have given rise to this,” Neller told reporters at the Pentagon. “We’re going to address this … head on. We’re going to be self-critical, self-analytical, and we also have to recognize that there is a problem, and we have to figure out how to solve it.”

The nude-photo sharing scandal was uncovered last weekend in a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting with the War Horse, a nonprofit military news website.

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