According to a report in the Daily Beast, the two Navy SEALs being investigated for the killing of a U.S. Army Green Beret — Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar — were allegedly discovered by Melgar to have been stealing money from a fund intended for informants. When Melgar confronted the SEALs and then refused their offer to be cut in on the theft, the two SEALs allegedly killed Melgar in an ensuing struggle.
The fund in question was intended to pay informants in Mali for information on suspected Islamists in the region. This type of fund is common in intelligence operations, as the flow of intelligence information often relies on the passage of money in exchange for such information. Given the clandestine nature of such intelligence collection, the funds in question are often accounted for in the most informal of ways, through hand-written receipts and such.
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