Montreal Gazette

Soldier jailed 16 years for espionage

- MARK THIESSEN

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA — An Alaska-based military policeman will serve 16 years in prison and will be dishonoura­bly discharged for selling secrets to an FBI undercover agent who he believed was a Russian government official, a panel of eight military officers decided Monday.

Spec. William Colton Millay, 24, pleaded guilty last month to attempted espionage and other counts.

Military prosecutor­s painted him as a white supremacis­t who was fed up with the army and the United States, and was willing to sell secrets to an enemy agent, even if thatwould cost fellow soldiers their lives.

Defence attorneys said Millay was emotionall­y stunted, was only seeking attention and was a candidate for rehabilita­tion.

FBI Special Agent Derrick Chriswell said Millay came to their attention in the summer of 2011 through an anonymous tip after Millay sent an email to a Russian publicatio­n seeking informatio­n about the military and made several calls to the Russian Embassy.

The FBI, working with military intelligen­ce agencies, conducted the investigat­ion. On Sept. 13, 2011, an FBI undercover agent called Millay and set up a meeting the next day at an Anchorage, Alaska, hotel-restaurant.

Chriswell testified that during the meeting, Millay “expressed his disgust with the U.S. military.” They then moved to the agent’s hotel room, where audio and video recording devices were in place.

Millay said he’d work for the Russian government, and if they made it worth his while, he’d re-enlist for a second five-year stint. He also said he had confidenti­al informatio­n on the jamming system the U.S. military uses to sweep roadside bombs.

Later, after he came off a monthlong leave, he told the agent he was willing to sell informatio­n.

On Oct. 21, 2011, he dropped off a white envelope with informatio­n about F-22 fighter jets and the jamming system in a garbage can. That envelope was collected by the FBI.

He was arrested Oct. 28. A search of his barracks found two handguns, detailed instructio­ns on how to use a Russian Internet phone service and literature from a white supremacis­t organizati­on.

 ?? U.S. ARMY ALASKA ?? Spc. William Colton Millay was convicted of selling secrets to an FBI agent he thought was a Russian spy.
U.S. ARMY ALASKA Spc. William Colton Millay was convicted of selling secrets to an FBI agent he thought was a Russian spy.

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