- Eddie Gallagher says he and other SEALs practiced medical procedures on a prisoner of war.
- “We killed that guy. Our intention was to kill him. Everybody was on board,” he said during a recent interview.
- He said that apparent life-saving actions were really just live practice.
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Retired Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was found not guilty of murder in a high-profile war crimes trial nearly two years ago, said in a podcast that aired Tuesday that he and his team of SEALs practiced various medical procedures on a live enemy combatant until he died, doing so with no intention of saving him.
Gallagher was charged with killing the wounded ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017 by stabbing him to death, but he was acquitted in 2019. He was, however, convicted of posing for a photo with the enemy fighter’s corpse and demoted.
After the trial, then-President Donald Trump restored Gallagher’s rank and personally intervened when the Navy attempted to take away Gallagher’s SEAL trident.
Speaking with Dan Taberski, host of “The Line,” recently, Gallagher said that “the grain of truth in the whole thing is that that ISIS fighter was killed by us, and that nobody at that time had a problem with it.”
“We killed that guy. Our intention was to kill him. Everybody was on board,” he claimed.
“He was going to die regardless. We weren’t taking any prisoners,” Gallagher said, alleging that “everyone was, like, let’s just do medical treatments on him until he’s gone.”
The former chief petty officer, who served as the senior enlisted leader of his SEAL platoon and a medic, argued that he did not stab the enemy fighter to death, as has been alleged by some former members of his team.
Instead, he explained, “that dude died from all the medical treatments that were done, and there’s plenty of medical treatments that were done to him.”
Navy Times, citing records, reported in 2019 that after 20 minutes of treatment, the prisoner’s body “ended up inexplicably spangled with medical devices,” including a trachea tube, multiple chest tubes, and a sternal intraosseous infusion.
During the recent “The Line” interview, Gallagher said that he cut an emergency airway in the ISIS fighter’s throat and inserted a breathing tube “just for practice.” He explained that he “was practicing to see how fast I could do one.”
“Everybody knew what was going on,” Gallagher claimed. “That is the…