By Michelle Theriault Boots
Channel 2 News
6:45 AM AKST, November 7, 2011
A military policeman stationed at Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was formally charged with crimes including attempted espionage Monday.
Army Spc. William C. Millay had been arrested on Friday, October 28 by Army Counterintelligence agents after a joint investigation by the FBI, Air Force and Army.
Charges against Millay include attempted espionage, failing to obey regulations, issuing false statements, solicitation and communicating defense information.
The charges assert that Spc. Millay “communicated and transmitted unclassified national defense information to an individual whom he believed was a foreign intelligence agent, with the intent to aid a foreign nation.”
While the information was unclassified, Millay believed it could be “used to the advantage” of an unnamed foreign nation, according to the statement.
U.S. Army Alaska spokesperson Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll previously confirmed that the case didn’t involve the same methods as that of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier arrested in Iraq in May 2010 after allegedly providing classified material to Wikileaks.
Millay joined the Army in 2007 and served in Iraq in 2009-2010. He was assigned to Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson in May of 2011.
While Millay is being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, he’ll be prosecuted through the military justice system.
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