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Pentagon: No Investigation Into Ashley Madison Users

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 01:35 PM

Department of Defense officials are saying they don't plan to investigate military members whose email addresses were found among the information leaked from the Ashley Madison website, The Daily Beast is reporting.

When news of the Ashley Madison data breach revealed that more than 10,000 accounts were linked to military email addresses, CNN reported that Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that the military was "looking into" accounts linked to service members. Adultery is considered illegal in the military.

"Of course it's an issue because conduct is very important," Carter said. "We expect good conduct on the part of our people."

But military officials told The Daily Beast that just because an email address was found on the website that helps married individuals have affairs, it isn't enough to warrant an investigation.

"There is no crime in signing up for a website," Army spokesman Wayne Hall said.

Navy spokesman Cmdr. William Marks said, "We hold all personnel to the highest standards in using government resources, and if revealed government resources were improperly used, we will take appropriate action."

One official speaking anonymously told The Daily Beast that such an investigation would amount to a "witch hunt."

According to a Marine Corps spokesperson, it is investigating email addresses of its members found on the website "to ensure continuity of operations, security standards compliance, and appropriate use of government resources."

But the investigation is not for the purpose of enforcing adultery rules.

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