On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times released photos which appear to depict U.S. soldiers posing with the corpses of bombers in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army asked the paper not to publish the pictures.
An unnamed U.S. soldier gave 18 photos to the Los Angeles Times "on the condition of anonymity" (the picture to the left is not one of the pictures).
The U.S. soldier, who leaked the pictures, could be charged under the World War I Espionage Act (six whistleblowers have already been charged by the Obama administration).
The Los Angeles Times reported: "He said the photos point to a breakdown in leadership and discipline that he believed compromised the safety of the troops."
George Wright, an Army spokesman said: "It is a violation of Army standards to pose with corpses for photographs outside of officially sanctioned purposes. Such actions fall short of what we expect of our uniformed service members in deployed areas."
The photos were also condemned by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which claimed that the pics were taken in 2010 and "represent a serious error in judgment by several soldiers who have acted out of ignorance and unfamiliarity with U.S. Army values."
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta "strongly rejects the conduct" of the U.S. soldiers standing next to the corpses, according to NBC News.