Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Kari Bales, the wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier who stands accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians, talks exclusively to TODAY’s Matt Lauer about the “devastating” accusations against her husband, saying “this is not him.”

Karilyn Bales says that she finds accusations that her husband killed 17 Afghan villagers “unbelievable.”

The wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales defended her husband in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer for TODAY, which aired Monday morning.

“I just don’t think he was involved,” she said. When asked by Lauer if it was a case of mistaken identity, she said: “I don’t have enough information.”

The Washington state woman said her husband joined the Army after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to “protect his family, friends and country. He wanted to do his part.” She added that her husband is “very brave, very courageous.”

Officials allege that Bales wandered off base in southern Afghanistan earlier this month and killed eight Afghan adults and nine children.

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