BREAKING NEWS: Lt Colonel Stuart Scheller is being released from military brig TODAY: Marine who was jailed for criticizing Afghanistan withdrawal will now go free after landslide of public support
- Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller Jr. is being released from the brig at Camp Lejeune today
- The military said his lawyers reached an agreement with the Army’s legal team
- He was put in confinement last Monday after posting videos criticizing the military
- He condemned the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan that killed 13 servicemembers
- Scheller was just three days from retirement when he was stripped of his post and thrown in the brig to await a military trial for contempt
- His family appealed for the public’s help and he received $2million in donations to help with his defense
Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller Jr. is being released from military brig today after winning a landslide of public support for his condemnation of the withdrawal from Afghanistan
Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller Jr. is being released from military brig today after winning a landslide of public support for his condemnation of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Scheller Jr. was jailed last Monday at Camp Leujene in North Carolina for repeatedly criticizing the military’s chaotic withdrawal from Kabul.
He was three days from retirement when he was stripped of his post and thrown in the grim confinement quarters to await military trial for contempt.
Now, it’s unclear if he will still face charges or not. A spokesman for the military would not confirm what time he is being released, or why.
In a statement, they told DailyMail.com: ‘Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. is being released from confinement today, Oct. 5, 2021, as a result of a mutual agreement between Lt. Col. Scheller, his Defense counsel, and the Commanding General, Training Command.’
Scheller, based in North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune, was three years from retirement when he posted a scathing video criticizing superiors on August 26, the same day that the 13 US troops were killed in Kabul.
‘I’m not saying we need to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying, did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, ‘Hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone’?’ Scheller Jr said in the widely-shared clip.
Scheller was removed from command of the advanced infantry training battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the day after he posted his first video ‘due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command,’ according to Maj. Jim Stenger, a spokesman for the Marines.
Last week, his mother Cathy told how the family had been left ‘heartbroken’ by how the military had treated him.
‘He’s in a cell with no books, no phone no nothing. We’re heartbroken over this and so is he. We love America and we are so shocked at what we’re learning about what the new military is like in this country,’ she told The New York Post.