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One of the most senior US intelligence officials shot himself in his front yard


DISCOVERED: One of the most senior U.S. spies shot himself while his new wife tried to get away from him – and bondage and S&M equipment, as well as 24 cannons and thousands of rounds of ammunition, were found at his home

  • Anthony Ming Schinella, 52, died on June 14 at his home in Arlington, Virginia
  • His death was exposed as a firearm suicide in a new report this week
  • He was weeks before his retirement and had just married a new woman
  • Ms. Sara Corcoran, a journalist, said she tried to escape him in her car
  • Corcoran revealed that she found a huge amount of hidden bondage gear after his death
  • Schinella was the senior military affairs analyst in US intelligence
  • He died days before reports of Russian bounties to the Taliban surfaced
  • Schinella was considered an expert on the Taliban and its military capabilities

A senior US intelligence official who passed away in June killed himself in his own front yard in front of his terrified new wife.

Anthony Ming Schinella, 52, died in Arlington, Virginia on June 14, but his death wasn't widespread until this week when The Intercept revealed that a medical examiner report listed his cause of death as suicide from a gunshot wound to the head .

Schinella was after a long CIA career just weeks before his retirement as a national military intelligence officer, and had a journalist, just a few weeks before his death, just married Sara Cocoran.

Corcoran said she was in her car in the driveway of her house trying to get away from Schinella when she witnessed his suicide, according to The Intercept.

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Anthony Ming Schinella, 52, died on June 14 in Arlington, Virginia. A report by a medical examiner revealed that the senior intelligence officer had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head

Schinella's new wife, Sara Cocoran

Corcoran and Schinella are seen at their wedding a few weeks before his death

Schinella's new wife Sara Cocoran (left and right with him) said she was in her car in the driveway of her house trying to get away from Schinella when she witnessed his suicide

The widow did not provide any further details about the events that led to Schinella's death.

Corcoran said that after Schinella's death, she discovered a large collection of bondage and S&M equipment that was hidden in his home.

They also discovered 24 cannons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Corcoran said the CIA had completed an investigation into Schinella's death, but the agency had not given her any details.

Schinella was the senior military affairs analyst in the US intelligence community and a member of the powerful National Intelligence Council.

He was an expert on the Taliban's military capabilities, and his death came just before the New York Times reported on June 26 that Russia had paid the Taliban bounties to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Schinella committed suicide in his front yard. His last known residence can be seen above

Schinella committed suicide in his front yard. His last known residence can be seen above

In a tribute to Schinella, Corcoran wrote that he had "astonishing intelligence and a heroic work ethic".

In a tribute to Schinella, Corcoran wrote that he had "astonishing intelligence and a heroic work ethic".

Following the report, the NIC penned a memo that was quickly leaked claiming the information about the bounties was inconclusive.

The memo made no mention of the NIC's top military analyst and Taliban expert killing himself days earlier.

In a tribute to Schinella published in CityWatch, Corcoran wrote that he had "astonishing intelligence and a heroic work ethic."

"He has traveled to more than 100 countries on six continents, spoke multiple languages, and learned the basics of virtually any language before even going to the airport," she wrote.

Schinella is also survived by two daughters from a previous marriage.

If you or someone you know is having trouble, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

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