Attorneys: Whistleblower's secret access restored

November 16, 2011 - 12:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine Corps whistleblower who exposed the service's failure to quickly deliver life-saving armored vehicles and other gear to troops in Iraq can return to work after military authorities reinstated his top-secret security clearance.

Attorneys for Franz Gayl, a senior civilian employee, said Wednesday that the Marine Corps had been planning to suspend him indefinitely without pay over allegations an unsecure flash drive had been inserted into his work computers. Gayl has been on paid administrative leave since October 2010 after his security clearance was suspended. The attorneys said the move to pull Gayl's clearance was one of a series of retaliatory actions against him for speaking out.

A Marine Corps spokesman declined to address the specifics of Gayl's case because personnel matters are subject to privacy laws and regulations.