MOH recipient drops defamation suit

WASHINGTON —Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer on Thursday reached a settlement in his defamation case against his former employer, a bit a good news in a difficult week for the war hero.

In a statement, Meyer said he and BAE Systems “have settled our differences amicably” and he would drop the lawsuit. He had accused mangers at the defense contractor of publicly calling him a mentally unstable employee with a drinking problem, after he questioned internal plans to sell high-tech rifle scopes to the Pakistani military.

Details of the settlement were not released, but Meyer said that he was “gratified to learn that BAE Systems did not ultimately sell and does not intend to sell advanced thermal scopes to Pakistan.” Meyer had expressed concerns to corporate officials about the connections between the Pakistani military and Afghan insurgent groups.

In a statement, BAE Systems officials said that the company “has the highest respect for Sgt. Dakota Meyer, who exemplifies the qualities that make the men and women of our armed services the best in the world. We owe him and the many thousands of others who have served and sacrificed for our country our deepest thanks.”

The announcement was positive news for Meyer just a day after a McClatchy report questioned his actions in the 2009 battle for which he earned the Medal of Honor. The report suggested that the Marine Corps inflated key details of the battle, including how many enemy fighters Meyer killed and how many friendly troops he saved.

On Thursday, White House spokesman Jay Carney downplayed those inconsistencies, and said the president will not ask for an investigation into the award.

“Everyone, even the reporter who wrote yesterday’s article, agrees that Sergeant Meyer displayed extraordinary heroism,” he said. “President Obama was proud to present [the medal] on behalf of a grateful nation.”

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