Naval Scandal: Commander at Guantanamo Bay Fired

High-ranking officer suddenly relieved of his duties amid allegations of an affair and a mysterious death.
1:57 | 01/23/15

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Now, to the scandal at guantanamo gave, Cuba. One of the highest ranking U.S. Naval officers there relieved of duty. Amid allegations of about affair and a mistreer use death. ABC's Martha Raddatz now. Reporter: This U.S. Naval base at guantanamo is a town unto itself, with more than 7,000 military and civilians. And tonight, that small Navy town has been rocked by scandal. The base commander has been relieved. Reporter: The commander, captain John Nettleton, helicopter pilot, Iraq war veteran, has been stripped of command after officials say the husband of his alleged lover was found dead. The coast guard discovered the body of Christopher Tur, a former marine and father of two, in the waters off base. His wife, Lara, had reported him missing the day before. There was no indication of suicide, but it has not been ruled out. Officials tell ABC news that it was in the course of the investigation they learned of Lara Tur's alleged relationship with captain Nettleton. He has now been reassigned to duty in Florida until the investigation wraps up. Adultery is a crime in the military, but this case seems to go well beyond that, David. And Martha, while we have you here, I want to take viewers back to those pictures out on Yemen this week, a hot bed for Al Qaeda, as we know, claiming responsibility for those Paris attacks. We know rebels surrounded the presidential palace, as you reported here. Tonight, word the president, a key U.S. Ally, has stepped down now? Reporter: He has. And, you know, Yemen is at the heart of U.S. Counterterrorism efforts against Al Qaeda. The houthis who are now controlling Yemen's capital are not supporters of Al Qaeda, but they have been critical of the U.S. Drone strikes, so, this is clearly very troubling. If we lose that cooperation, which has been so important. Martha Raddatz, thank you. And to a new development from Cuba tonight.

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