Soldier Gets 16 Years for Selling Secrets to Fake Spy

White supremacist 'hated military,' prosecutors say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 16, 2013 3:14 AM CDT
Soldier Gets 16 Years for Selling Secrets to Fake Russian Spy
Spc. William Colton Millay is shown in this undated photo released by the US Army.   (AP Photo/U.S. Army Alaska, File)

An Alaska-based military policeman will serve 16 years in prison and will be dishonorably discharged for selling secrets to an FBI undercover agent he believed was a Russian spy, a panel of eight military members has decided. Spec. William Colton Millay 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 that would cost fellow soldiers their lives. Defense attorneys said Millay was emotionally stunted and was only seeking attention

An FBI special agent testified that the 24-year-old came to them through an anonymous tip after he sent an email to a Russian publication seeking information about the military and made several calls to the Russian embassy. In his first meeting with the undercover agent, Millay "expressed his disgust with the US military," offered to work for the Russians, and claimed to have confidential information on the Warlock Duke jamming system the US military uses to sweep roadside bombs. He was arrested after dropping off an envelope with confidential information and collecting $3,000. (Read more William Colton Millay stories.)

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