Green Beret discovered SEALs' illicit cash. Then he was killed

Cheryl Sanders
November 13, 2017

The two accused Navy SEALs, who have not been identified, were flown out of Mali shortly after the death and placed on administrative leave.

He was offered a cut of the illicit funds by the Navy commandos but he declined, the sources told The Daily Beast.

Green Beret Logan Melgar had discovered two members of SEAL Team Six were allegedly pocketing money from a special fund used to pay informants in Mali, The Daily Beast is reporting. Melgar's subsequent autopsy report revealed that the Green Beret's system was clear of drugs or alcohol on the night of his death.

Part of a small group providing intelligence about Islamic militancies in Mali, Melgar was housed with other elite US troops - including the two under investigation for killing him, the New York Times reported. Melgar died during an apparent altercation on June 4 at the U.S. Embassy in Bamako.

In a panic the SEALs attempted to open an airway in Melgar's throat, officials said. The SEALs and another Green Beret then drove to a nearby French clinic seeking help, but he was dead prior to arrival due to asphyxiation.

Melgar then passed out, and their efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Brig. Gen Donald Bolduc, who is the Commander of the Special Ops Command-Africa, was allegedly skeptical of the SEALs stories and the initial reports about Melgar's death, and told commanders in Mali to preserve any evidence.

Military officials told CNN that a military examiner ruled Melgar's death while on assignment in the African nation of Mali as a homicide. "I don't know what they were thinking, but even if it was an accident, it makes his death look like anything but".

However, not much more is known as military investigators are keeping the investigation under wraps. The group's crusade was moreover allegedly tolerated and suppressed by the command's leadership.

If SEALs couldn't justify the threat after a shooting, they were meant to removed from the unit - although no investigation into an unjustified killing has ever resulted in formal disciplinary action against a member of Team 6.

In a development that has sent shockwaves through the special operations community, two members of the elite SEAL Team Six have since been accused of strangling their fellow United States serviceman.

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