Lt Col Stuart Scheller pled guilty to all charges after defying a gag order to criticize the US military’s chaotic withdrawal of Afghanistan, which left 13 Americans dead.
The marine entered a guilty plea to six charges during the court-martial at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
He reportedly told the court his life was “spiralling” after his wife left him and he lost a small business when he made videos criticizing senior military leadership.
“My life was spiralling at this time. I was receiving messages that I was going to be court-martialed because of my statements,” he said, according to The Daily Mail.
“My wife had left me and I had a small business taken from me,” he reportedly added.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.