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Family of accused soldier releases messages warning of Afghan killings

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
January 10, 2011 1:35 pm

Spc. Adam Winfield’s family today is posting some of the messages he sent to warn them about suspicious killings members of Stryker platoon carried out three months before an incident that led to the Army pressing murder charges against him.

Winfield is one five soldiers in the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division who are accused of murdering three Afghan civilians last year. His attorney released his warning messages to Harper’s Magazine, but they’re behind a pay wall.

Winfield’s charged with having a hand in May murder. He contacted his family in February about misconduct in the platoon. His father tried to raise a flag by calling Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but he could not reach someone who would act on his concerns.

Here’s an excerpt from Winfield’s from one of the February messages released on Winfield’s Facebook support group:

“There are people in my platoon that can get away with ‘murder’ and they get nothing but praise from squad leaders. Then a rumor floated around the platoon that I was going to rat out said individuals for what they have done. Now I’m at a crossroads. Should I do the right thing and put myself in danger for it, or just shut up and deal with it because I’m a quitter?”

Winfield is seeking a plea agreement in his case. He’s in position to provide vital testimony against Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, the soldier who’s accused of creating scenarios to kill Afghans.

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