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Brisbane Times, 13 Jun 13Seventeen Defence personnel, including officers, are under investigation in relation to explicit emails and photos that denigrate women.
In announcing the investigation at a press conference in Canberra, Chief of the Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison, said the allegations being examined were "disgraceful" and "worse than the Skype scandal" that hit Defence in 2011.
General Morrison said he had already spoken and apologised to four of the women who were victims of the emails and imagery. He said there were several other victims ....
The Australian, 13 Jun 13OVER 100 defence force personnel have been embroiled in a damning new scandal over the distribution of thousands of derogatory and explicit emails using defence computer systems since 2010.
Army chief, Lieutenant-General David Morrison, today said there were at least several female victims who were the target of "demeaning, explicit and profane" emails sent by male army personnel based all over the country, some with over ten years experience.
"The imagery, as is the text, is explicit, derogatory, demeaning and is repugnant to me," he said.
General Morrison warned the actions of the men involved undermined the "heart of the army's ethos" and its "contract with the nation".
Three army personnel have already been suspended from duty as a result of an ongoing investigation between the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service and NSW police into the email network.
General Morrison said civil charges could be laid against the three men by NSW police and warned a further 14 army personnel intimately linked to the scandal were also at risk of suspension.
General Morrison said the suspensions related to the misuse of defence computer systems, the distribution of visual and textual material that was denigrating to women as well as illicit drug use.
The outcomes of the investigation by ADFIS could lead to the discharge of the individuals from the army.
General Morrison also warned that over 90 defence personnel, the majority from army, may have been on the "periphery" of the group's e-mail exchanges and could also be investigated.
"There is no place for this type of behaviour in our army," General Morrison said. "It brings the Australian Army into disrepute." ....
ADF Info-machine (1) "Statement from the Chief of the Defence Force"
ADF Info-machine (2) "Chief of Army addresses allegations of unacceptable behaviour"