By Chris Klint and The Associated Press
Channel 2 News
2:03 PM AKDT, November 2, 2011
A military policeman stationed at Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is being held without bail on suspicion of espionage. Army Spc. William C. Millay, 22, was arrested Friday.
The FBI spokesperson for Alaska, Eric Gonzalez, says his agency and military personnel investigated the case. Millay was jailed at the Anchorage jail, but Gonzalez says he will be prosecuted through the military justice system.
Gonzalez says there is no connection between Millay and leaks of information to the confidential-information website WikiLeaks.
U.S. Army Alaska spokesperson Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll also 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.
"While we can't go into any specifics, this is completely different than the Manning case in that it does not involve the transfer of data on computer networks," Coppernoll said.
According to Coppernoll, military and FBI investigators cooperated to prevent any sensitive information from being released in Millay's case.
“Also important to note is that because of the close coordination between Army Counterintelligence and the FBI, any information that might have been transferred was stopped,” Coppernoll said. “Millay was being observed well before any damage could have occurred.”
According to a weekend story in The Army Times, Millay was a military policeman from Owensboro, Ky., and was assigned to the 164th Military Police Company. Most members of that company are on a year deployment to Afghanistan that started in March.
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