The U.S. suspect in the slaughter of 16 villagers in Afghanistan has a trail of shaky financial dealings — from working in penny-stock boiler rooms that drew numerous client complaints, to an unpaid $1.5 million fraud judgment, to a failed investment partnership with a former high school football teammate, records show. His Lake Tapps, WA home was put up for sale earlier this month.
Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales remembers little about the night he is accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in a nighttime shooting rampage, according to his lawyer, John Henry Browne.
The wife of the U.S. soldier held in the slayings of 16 Afghan villagers is offering condolences to the victims’ families and says she too wants to know what happened. She and her children were moved from their home in Lake Tapps onto Joint Base Lewis-McChord earlier this week.
An FBI spokeswoman in Seattle says there’s no specific target or credible information about an imminent attack. In Afghanistan, there are activist demonstrations against the US since a soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been accused of shooting and killing 16 Afghan civilians.
Days after the slayings of more than a dozen Afghan civilians by a suspected US serviceman, the military has kept under wraps one of the most salient details — his name. According to the Tacoma News Tribune, the soldier was flown out of Afghanistan on Wednesday, and may be tried at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down at least 16 Afghan civilians was from a Washington state-based Stryker brigade and received his assignment to a village stability program less than six weeks ago, a congressional source tells the Associated Press.
A snowshoer who was lost in a blizzard for two days on Washington state’s Mount Rainier said he stayed alive by digging out a snow tunnel and burning his paper money for warmth.
Actor Gary Oldman will be in Seattle on Sunday, December 11 for a showing of his latest film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy at the SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, and you are welcome to join him!