The photo scandal surrounding the U.S. Marine Corps, is expanding to other branches of the military.
A criminal investigation has begun, and the top enlisted man in the Marines, Senior Master Sgt. Ronald Green, has told Congress that Marines United is just the "tip of the spear".
"We will not excuse or tolerate such behavior if we are to uphold our values and maintain our ability to defeat the enemy on the battlefield", said Mattis.
Gen. Robert Neller said that an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, as well as the work of the task force, must proceed with caution.
Whereas the "Marines United" scandal opened the door for the public to learn about the Marines' nude photo scandal, as reported by the Huffington Post, news about Anon-IB has broken that claims Anon-IB contains a military thread dedicated to military personnel sharing naked photos. A former lance corporal told the Guardian this week that pictures of her in a bikini had been posted on three private Facebook pages similar to Marines United.
Since the initial Facebook group was exposed, Business Insider published a report exposing an online message board in which male service members would request naked pictures of female service members by name, rank and location.
The site, called AnonIB, has a dedicated board for military personnel that features dozens of threaded conversations of men, many of whom ask for "wins" - naked photographs - of specific female service members, often identifying the women by name or by where they are now stationed.
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On Wednesday, two women identifying themselves as victims appeared with their Los Angeles-based attorney, Gloria Allred, urging others to come forward and calling on Neller to meet with victims in person. Another site, AnonIB, is used for the same goal, only its reach spreads throughout the USA military, not just the Marine Corps.
The scandal took a turn for the worse yesterday when it was discovered that the practice of sharing lewd photos extended far beyond one secret Facebook group.
Marines get ready to board a transport aircraft at Camp Bastion-Leatherneck in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, on October 27, 2014.
Marine officials say they have received reports of at least a half dozen other sites. "And I don't know what else they go to do to say, 'Yeah, good to go.' We all bring something to the game".
Wayne, who is also featured on the AnonIB site, added, "It's about time the Marines have been shown they have been doing wrong".
The Pentagon said such behaviour was "inconsistent" with its values. But it's about to get a whole lot worse, as investigators have tracked it back to a much larger scandal that threatens to engulf the entirety of the armed forces.
"Previous Facebook pages kept getting pulled down because of complaints from people like myself - that's why they then created Marines United and made it more restricted", said Johnson.