Soldiers who leaked Afghan attack video go before court

Two servicemen face up to 10 years in prison for leaking military secrets; footage was shown on Antena 3 TV station

Two soldiers, who allegedly released a classified surveillance video that showed the deadly Taliban attack against the Spanish army's base last August in Afghanistan could face up to 10 years in prison for leaking military secrets, judicial sources said on Wednesday.

The two army soldiers, both brothers, appeared before a military court on Wednesday following their arrests on Monday. The video of the August 25 attack records the moments when Civil Guard officers José María Galera and Abraham Leoncio Bravo, as well as their interpreter Ataollah Taefik Khalili, were killed by the Taliban at the Spanish headquarters at Qala-i-Naw in Afghanistan. The video was broadcast on Antena 3 a month later.

Sources said that Civil Guard authorities searched their homes, confiscated computer archives, and found evidence related to other attacks and operations in Afghanistan, which have recently been broadcast.

The investigation into the leaks began in November.

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