Friday, November 04, 2011

Army Specialist William Colton Millay Proclaims His Innocence Of Any Espionage Charges; FBI Involvement Contaminates The Case

Update April 15th 2013: Spc. William Colton Millay pleaded guilty to attempted espionage, soliciting another to commit espionage, failing to obey regulations, issuing a false statement and communicating national defense information on March 19th, 2013. On April 15th, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison with credit for 535 days of pre-trial incarceration, a reduction to private (E-1), forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and dishonorable discharge. See updated post HERE.

U.S. Army Specialist William Colton Millay has proclaimed his innocence of any espionage charges, according to his lawyer Steve Karns of Dallas, who says he spoke with Spc. Millay by phone on Friday November 4th, 2011. Spc Millay is being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

Spc Millay was arrested at 6:30 A.M. on Friday October 28th at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) by special agents from the Army counterintelligence service and the Army Criminal Investigation Command. Eric Gonzalez, spokesman for the FBI in Anchorage, said the 22-year-old Millay was arrested following an investigation by the FBI and Army counterintelligence. He said the case is being handled in the military justice system. Neither the Army nor the FBI have yet disclosed the specific allegations against Millay and no charging documents are yet available, although they did deny that the arrest had anything to do with Pvt. Bradley Manning and Wikileaks. They also said Millay never transmitted any information because he was observed before any damage could have occurred. Formal charges under the UCMJ are expected to be preferred next week. Steve Karns believes Millay will be charged with attempted espionage.

Update November 7th: Spc Millay has now been formally charged with attempted espionage, failing to obey regulations, issuing false statements, solicitation, and communicating defense information. Read the full statement from the local Army Public Affairs office for more details.

However, Stars and Stripes has disclosed that Spc Millay, assigned to the 164th Military Police Company, part of the 793rd Military Police Battalion of the new 2nd Engineer Brigade, did not have access to sensitive classified material and is not a spy. They also reported that Spc Millay was upset at not being deployed to Afghanistan with the rest of his unit in March 2011, and allegedly offered to sell classified information to an undercover police officer to get revenge. Spc Millay was assigned to the company's rear detachment, a small group of soldiers who remain behind at their home base during a deployment. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll did not know why Millay specifically was left behind.

Some spy experts are already suggesting that if an espionage case gets to the point of formal charges, then the government's got the goods on the person. Linda McCarthy, a retired 24-year CIA veteran, says that because espionage is a difficult charge to prove, chances are there is a boatload of documentation, to include wiretaps, available to the government. Of course, this presumes that the documentation itself is valid and that it wasn't cooked up or planted.

Hometown friends of Millay in Owensboro, KY were astonished at the news. Longtime friend Drew Bramschreiber said Millay hardly fit the spy persona, characterizing him as a simple country boy who never got into trouble, and adding that Millay wasn't particularly computer-savvy. Janssen Payne, who now lives in Phoenix, said the Army's arrested the wrong guy, explaining that Millay idolized his brother, who is also in the Army, and that he had been in the ROTC program in high school. He was also a supporter of George W. Bush and the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan. Millay's lawyer Steve Karns, a former U.S. Army major specializing in military criminal defense who was retained on Thursday by Millay's parents, said his client came across as a simple country boy who seems like a really good kid who doesn't sound like he has a malicious bone in his body or malevolent intent.

The involvement of the FBI in the case raises a red flag. The FBI had a checkered record in the various Corrupt Bastards Club cases; Chad Joy blew the whistle on his fellow FBI agents, saying that prosecution errors and omissions amounted to serious violations of federal rules and possible criminal violations. Among other allegations, Joy said the lead FBI agent in the Ted Stevens case had an improperly close relationship with FBI snitch Bill Allen and other sources. And one of the two informants in the Schaeffer Cox case, Gerald Olson, is so unsavory that an Alaska judge dropped all state charges against Cox and his four cohorts; the Feds will now find it even more difficult to prosecute their case. In the Edgar Steele case, the FBI used a snitch, Larry Fairfax, who was so depraved that he actually attached a bomb beneath the car of Cyndi Steele, a bomb which could have detonated at any time. The bottom line: While military authorities can still be trusted, the FBI cannot be trusted. If the FBI discloses the existence of a confidential informant, it's almost a guarantee that this case is being blown out of proportion.

My gut instinct at first glance tells me that Spc Millay was pissed off about not being allowed to deploy, shot his mouth off to the wrong person who snitched him out to the FBI, who in turn set him up with an undercover cop who made the case. It has to be investigated, but a full-blown arrest and court-martial seems like overkill.

1 comment:

  1. My gut instinct at first glance tells me that Specialist William Millay did not do anything intentionally harmful to his country. I watched goofy videos his friends posted on FB, and read comments from his friends/family...they say it is not his nature, and farthest from the truth. My gut is usually right. If I don't "feel" anything, I won't open my mouth. I hope the truth becomes known ASAP.