A sailor has been discharged from the US Navy for being gay - and he claims online service AOL disclosed that information to a Navy investigator.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Timothy McVeigh, (no relation to the Oklahoma bombing suspect of the same name), said the only evidence at his November discharge hearing was from a Navy investigator. The investigator said an AOL employee told him McVeigh had described his marital status on his AOL member profile as "gay".
AOL denies the claim, saying its staff only reveal users? personal information when required to by law, but a Navy officer has testified that AOL gave out the information over the phone. The US forces have a policy of 'don?t ask, don?t tell', which allows dismissal of any gay service personnel who reveal their sexual orientation.
McVeigh, who has served for 17 years, has not publicly said if he is gay or not and is appealing against the discharge.
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