Navy leaders vow to crack down on ‘toxic’ behavior in nude-photo-sharing scandal
Navy officials vowed Tuesday to crack down on “toxic” behavior after signs that the Marine Corps nude-photo-sharing scandal has widened, with female sailors at dozens of commands targeted.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift released separate messages to sailors condemning the alleged posting of nude photos of servicewomen, saying the practice has degraded the Navy’s ability to function as a fighting force.
Swift said he considered such behavior an “insider threat,” echoing language used by Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller during recent congressional testimony on the Marines’ response to the scandal, in which servicemembers are suspected of sharing explicit photos of female co-workers on the private Facebook group Marines United.
“I take this very seriously,” Swift said in his statement. “We will investigate any allegations and take action to the fullest extent possible. I see behavior like this as an insider threat to our fleet’s ability to be an effective fighting force.”
Richardson's comments added that such behavior “makes us weaker, and cedes advantage to the enemy.”
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