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March 8, 2014

Officer says US general sexually assaulted her

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"I'm so in love with him," Brotman read from the diary. "I do know that I love him incredibly. ... I love him almost unconditionally."

The woman and Sinclair exchanged thousands of text messages, often sexually explicit, according to the defense, and she sent messages even after he tried to break it off.

Their relationship began in Iraq in 2009. He was her direct commander, a paratrooper revered for bravery under fire. She was a young intelligence officer and Arabic linguist, assigned to accompany him on trips to meet Iraqi leaders.

She said that after months of conversation and flirtation, she went to his quarters late one night and they watched a television show. He asked her to put down her hair, which she typically wore in a bun while in uniform. She complied, and he began stroking her hair. They kissed that night, and the relationship soon evolved into frequent sexual liaisons.

"It was wrong," she testified. "I knew it was wrong."

She testified that he often spoke of his wife and children and that he described his spouse as an open-minded woman who understood he needed to have sex while overseas. She said she assumed Sinclair had told his wife about her.

Once, after sex, the captain testified, the general told her that she reminded him of his wife, and she replied that she looked forward to meeting her. The captain said Sinclair sharply told her that his wife could never know about their affair.

"He told me that if I ever told her or anyone else about he and I, he would kill me and then he would kill my family," the witness said, sobbing. "And he would do it in a way no one would ever know."

Still, the woman admitted, she continued to have sex with him.

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