Text messages and other digital conversations involving Gallagher can appear damning at times, but they've been described by the chief's supporters as dark humor, the talk of rough men who have experienced a great deal of combat, maybe the voice of an exasperated SEAL who believes he's being railroaded by juniors.
So Gallagher's trial ultimately will ask a panel of officers and senior enlisted sailors to weigh the credibility of witnesses " mostly junior SEALs " testifying about what they allegedly saw or heard, and then evaluate their possible motives for expressing their recollections that way.
Motivation for his juniors to complain about him:
Some SEALs wanted to derail Gallagher's advancement to senior chief.
Others were angry that he had been recommended for a post-tour combat valor award " the Silver Star " an honor they thought he didn't deserve.
At first, they say, the anti-Gallagher campaign by the alleged whistleblowers appeared to succeed. Gallagher's SEAL Team 7 superiors in California junked the Silver Star application and he wasn't going to make senior chief before his planned retirement after 20 years of service.
If many of the allegations of the witnesses were untrue or embellished to depose Gallagher, they still worked " "The problem is, once they get what they wanted, the process doesn't stop. It escalates and Warpinski is now on the case."
Also found in social posts by ex-SOF on Instagram, but you probably don't have instagram..