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US servicemen from all parts of the military have been sharing nude photos of their female colleagues online, it has emerged. Reports last week uncovered widespread photo sharing by current and former Marines on Facebook, triggering a navy investigation. But the BBC has seen a message board where servicemen from other branches have shared hundreds of photos. The Pentagon said such behaviour was "inconsistent" with its values.

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The U. Marine Corps is investigating a veteran's allegations that military personnel and other veterans distributed nude photos of female colleagues and other women as part of a social media network that promotes sexual violence. The revelation was first uncovered by a decorated combat veteran's non-profit news site and reported Saturday by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Clark Carpenter, a Marine Corps spokesman, confirmed that an investigation is underway, Marine Corps Times reported, but he said military officials were uncertain exactly how many personnel were involved. Nude photos were allegedly shared online via a Facebook group titled Marines Unitedwhich has nearly 30, members, mostly active-duty U. An online link to the the photos, as well as the names and units of the women pictured, was posted in January by a former Marine who was working for a defense contractor, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

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The contractor has since been relieved of his duties. Marine Lance Cpl. Marisa Woytek told The Post that photos were taken from her Instagram and posted to Marines United multiple times in the past six months, without her consent.

Woytek said she was alerted to the photos by others on social media and were shown the comments that accompanied them. She said that many of the comments included allusions to sexual assault and rape, The Post reported.

A document outlining the allegations included an initial response to the allegations that re, in part: "The Marine Corps is deeply concerned about allegations regarding the derogatory online comments and sharing of salacious photographs in a closed website. This behavior destroys morale, erodes trust, and degrades the individual.

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The Marine Corps does not condone this sort of behavior, which undermines our core values. They and the nation deserve better," Thornberry said. Adam Smith, D-Wash. In a report, the U. The new allegations were first reported by Thomas Brennan, an Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient who founded The War Horsea non-profit news site focusing on military and veterans affairs, in This is straight up sexual harassment.

After its publication, several members of the Facebook group made threats against Brennan and his family, Marine Corps Times reported. One suggested that Brennan should be waterboarded. He told the newspaper that users had placed a "bounty" on pictures of his daughter.

Brennan said he published the story "with the intention of standing up for what is right and staying true to the leadership principle of looking out for Marines and their families. Ryan E. Alvis, a Marine Corps spokeswoman, said the Marine Corps "is deeply concerned" about the allegations. If true, Alvis said, the allegations would violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice and could result in criminal charges. In a statement, the Marines' top general, Commandant Robert Neller, said: "The success of every Marine, every team, every unit and command throughout our Corps is based on mutual trust and respect.

I expect every Marine to demonstrate the highest integrity and loyalty to fellow Marines at all times, on duty, off-duty and online.

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Show Caption. Hide Caption. The Marine Corps is investigating, after nude photos of female members were reportedly distributed through social media. Veuer's Emily Drooby emilydrooby has the story.

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