A US soldier has been arrested at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, accused of espionage. William Colton Millay, a 22-year-old military policeman from Kentucky, was allegedly arrested last week by Army counterintelligence agents, but details of his alleged crimes are scant and it’s not even clear whether he has been charged.
Millay was with the rear detachment of the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade. The unit, also known as the Arctic Enforcers, deployed to Afghanistan in the spring but Millay did not go with them. The arrest allegedly came after an operation by military intelligence and the FBI.
The case of rear detachment of William Colton Millay has raised concerns in the wake of the treatment of Bradley Manning. The claims of ‘espionage’ are suitably vague and could encompass a very wide range of activities. Unless or until the authorities choose to release more information, the rumour mill is likely to spin.