Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today condemned the viral video that appears to show four Marines urinating on three corpses in Afghanistan, saying “those found to have engaged in such conduct will be held accountable to the fullest extent.”
Panetta ordered the Marine Corps and Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. and NATO Commander in Afghanistan, to investigate the video.
Marine Corps officials said they had not yet verified the origin or authenticity of the video that started circulating early Wednesday upon release on You Tube and TMZ. Investigators from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service have started to investigate the case.
“I have seen the footage, and I find the behavior depicted in it utterly deplorable. I condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” Panetta said. “This conduct is entirely inappropriate for members of the United States military and does not reflect the standards or values our armed forces are sworn to uphold.”