The lack of an official report did not stop Murtha, now congressman and former Marine officer, from running his mouth to reporters about a Haditha roadside IED ambush Nov.19.
“It’s much worse than was reported in Time magazine,” Murtha, a Democrat, former Marine colonel and Vietnam war veteran, told reporters on Capitol Hill.“I do not know where Rep. Murtha is obtaining is information,” said Lt. Col. Sean Gibson, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Central Command in Tampa, Fla. “Thoroughness will drive the investigation.”
“There was no firefight. There was no [bomb] that killed those innocent people,” Murtha explained, adding there were “about twice as many” Iraqis killed than Time had reported.
No official investigation report has been released by the Pentagon and a spokesman for Murtha was unable to add to the congressman’s remarks.
The congressman has been reading the FYI files that are supposed to be kept under wraps after all there are men still under investigation any undue publicity could prejudice the investigation.
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