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

U.S. Embassy Bamako Mali Aug. 29 2016. The MSG program run by the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group has 175 Marine Corps Deta

But the two members of the highly-respected SEAL Team Six allegedly siphoned the money into their own pockets, according to five people familiar with the matter.

The jurisdiction for the investigation was transferred from Army investigators to the Navy in September, indicating the two SEALs had become the center of the investigation.

Officials told the Daily Beast that the two SEALs got into an altercation with Melgar on June 4 that resulted in his death by asphyxiation.

Melgar's subsequent autopsy report revealed that the Green Beret's system was clear of drugs or alcohol on the night of his death.

An embezzlement scheme provided the motive behind the killing of a U.S. Green Beret sergeant at the hands of two Navy SEALs in Mali earlier this year, the Daily Beast reported late Sunday.

The Daily Beast reported that the US presence in Mali is small, but the small amount of special forces "aid USA diplomats, Malian soldiers and their French partners in gathering intelligence on a confluence of capable local militants trending Islamist".

"If the reported facts were established, the murder of Staff Sgt. Melgar would be among the most aggravating factors and could justify referral to courts-martial as capital cases", Brennan wrote to Business Insider.

It is unknown what specifically started the June 4 altercation at 5 a.m. but it escalated.

When interviewed by officials, the SEALs said they found Melgar and attempted to help him. Melgar was dead when he arrived at the clinic, the official said.

His body was found in a US Embassy Housing Room, the New York Times reported.

Authorities nearly immediately suspected foul play and have spent months investigating, The Times said. One source even claims he didn't drink in the first place.

If Melgar's account of events is correct and he had reason to believe the SEALs involved in this incident were corrupt, it forces us to question how many other cases of corruption in the military take place regularly unbeknownst to the USA population.

The New York Times was the first to report that the SEALs were under investigation for Melgar's death at a U.S. government compound near the American embassy in Bamako, the capital. She also gave investigators the emails her husband sent her about the problems he was having with the two SEALs.

Melgar, who was from Lubbock, Texas, was just 34 years old when he died, and served two tours in Afghanistan.

Melgar was a graduate of both Frenship High School and Texas Tech.

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