Marine pleads guilty to charges after posting videos critical of US withdrawal from Afghanistan

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A Marine who posted videos on social media criticizing top military leaders' handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan pleaded guilty to six charges in a military court at Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina, on Thursday.
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Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller has been charged with six counts, including "contempt towards officials," "disrespect toward superior commissioned officers," and "dereliction in the performance of duties," after videos of him criticizing military leaders about their handling of the withdrawal went viral.

Scheller appeared in the military court room in his Marine Corps uniform, flanked by his military attorney and his private attorney sitting at a small table in front of the judge.

Judge Col. Glen Hines asked Scheller if he was guilty on each charge. Scheller responded that he was each time the judge asked him.

When Hines asked Scheller why he posted the first video, Scheller said the "Secretary of Defense made decisions that led to the failure in the withdrawal of Afghanistan."

The first video, which Scheller posted on August 26 during the withdrawal, was directed at Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Scheller said. "To me, military leaders have an obligation to stand up for what they believe is right," Scheller told the…
Ellie Kaufman, CNN
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