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The initial AP story, transmitted Dec. 3, noted that the photos were found on the commercial photo-sharing Web site Smugmug.com using the search engine Google, and were not password-protected until after the reporter purchased copies online and began inquiries.
Originally posted by FredT
Six members and two wives of a U.S. Navy SEAL unit have sued The Associated Press for publishing pictures of them with Iraqi prisoners. They claim that the news agency endangered their lives
and invaded their privacy by their actions.
Six members of a Navy special forces unit and two Navy wives sued The Associated Press on Tuesday, saying the news agency endangered the servicemen's lives and invaded their privacy by publishing photos showing the men interacting with Iraqi prisoners.
Putting aside for a minute how the reporter came to posses the pictures (I do not have enough information on either side to answer that) I do think it is reasonable for our special operation / covert operations people to expect some degree of privacy.
This was not a criminal investigation or the like and identifying the soldiers pretty much ends their careers in the cover field.
Originally posted by groingrinder
Sorry Fred T, but please explain to me how showing their pictures ends their SEAL carreer. If you raise a fuss about this, then why not raise a fuss when the television show COPS shows suspects being arrested on television. Nobody who sees the fuzzy pictures from the web, is gonna recognize any of these thugs on the street.