U.S. Army Green Beret Logan Melgar was reportedly likely killed in Mali after discovering graft by two members of the famed Navy SEAL Team Six in early June, The Daily Beast reports.
Melgar reportedly confronted two of the SEALs for stealing from a fund set up to develop informants on radical Islamic elements in Mali. The SEALs reportedly offered to cut Melgar in on the deal, but he refused, allegedly eventually leading to a confrontation that left him dead. The Green Beret also reportedly informed his wife he was suspicious of the two SEALs in correspondence but did not elaborate.
The SEALs initially claimed Melgar was drunk during hand-to-hand combat exercises but investigators have uncovered no evidence he had a drop of alcohol in his system. Military officials told TDB Melgar’s cause of death was “homicide by asphyxiation.” One of the SEALs was revealed by The Intercept to be a former mixed martial arts pro and one account of the incident to The New York Times noted that “one of the SEALs put Sergeant Melgar in a chokehold.”
Melgar’s death was immediately met with suspicion in the higher ranks of U.S. Africa Command, The NYT also noted. Both SEALs are not active persons of interest in the investigation.
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