US Defense Minister Jim Mattis denounced the practice as"egregious violations of the fundamental values we uphold at the Defense Department.""The chain of command is taking all appropriate action to investigate potential misconduct and to maintain good order and discipline throughout our armed forces,"the retired Marine general said.
The scandal broke over the weekend with the revelation that pictures of female Marines in various stages of undress had been shared on a secret Facebook group called"Marines United."Membership in the group was restricted to current and former Marines, but it had as many as 30,000 members before it was taken down.
That was followed by a report Thursday that hundreds of pictures of naked women from all the military services were being shared on another image-sharing site, Anon IB.
However, Greek Deputy Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras, who visited the exhibition last month, insisted that the works should be displayed in their full glory or be shipped back to Athens.
(MORE: Behind Greece’s Courting of Foreign Investment) So Qatari authorities pulled the antiquities from the exhibition Olympic Games: Past and Present, which opened March 28, and returned them on April 19. C., were to be the centerpieces at the ancient section that features 600 original pieces from Greece and international museums.
The story was first reported by The War Horse, a news group run by Marine veteran Thomas Brennan.
He said some of the photos were taken surreptitiously, while others had been taken by the women themselves but shared without their consent.