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Published 17 June 2015

UK navy whistleblower William McNeilly, who in May released documents on the nuclear program Trident, won’t face any charges.

William McNeilly says he has been dishonorably discharged from the Royal Navy just over a month after releasing documents questioning the security of the Trident nuclear program and on its military bases.

While the seaman was dismissed from the navy, he will not face court martial or any further action — contrary to earlier suppositions that he might be charged under the Official Secrets Act.

In a new nine-page document released online, he accuses the navy of firing him for discrediting its public image. He writes it was “shocking that some people in a military force can be more concerned about public image than public safety.”

The navy immediately denied McNeilly’s allegations and said they were “subjective and unsubstantiated.”

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He has announced he will now live as a private citizen, but that he had no intention to “waste that freedom by just sitting around” during what he says are dangerous times for the U.K.

Following McNeilly’s leak in May, Scottish National Party lawmaker Alex Salmond raised the issue of Trident safety in Parliament, and the former navy employee has expressed his support for the party’s aim to remove Trident from Scotland.

The Trident program involves the development, procurement, operation and delivery of the current generation of British nuclear weapons.

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