Guardsman Punished for Blog

Blogger Leonard Clark, a member of the Arizona National Guard (U.S.) and currently stationed in Iraq has been busted down in rank to private first class and fined.

According to a report in the Army Times

Clark “has been punished for violating operational security and for 11 counts of disobeying orders.”

Spc. Leonard A. Clark was busted down one rank to private first class, fined $820 per month for two months, and sentenced to 45 days restriction and 45 days of extra duty. The restriction and extra duty were suspended for five months.

In response to a query by a reporter with National Public Radio, MCF-Iraq public affairs released a written statement saying that Clark had been found guilty of 11 specifications of Article 92, failure to obey an order, and two counts of Article 134, reckless endangerment.

Clark violated Article 92 by “releasing classified information regarding unit soldiers and convoys being attacked or hit by an improvised explosive devices on various dates, discussing troop movements on various dates,” according to the statement. He also was found to have released tactics, techniques, procedures and rules of engagement, MCF-Iraq said.

The two Article 134 specifications had to do with releasing specific sensitive information “that the enemy forces could foreseeably access … such that with that information it was likely that the enemy forces could cause death or serious bodily harm to U.S. forces engaged in the same or similar mission,” the statement said.

Clark has been a frequent critic of U.S. involvement in Iraq. He has also been described as a “perennial candidate” for public office in Arizona.

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Cross-posted at CPB

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