Alaska soldier charged with attempted espionage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Army charged an Alaska-based soldier Monday with attempted espionage, issuing false statements and other counts.

Spc. William Colton Millay, 22, of Owensboro, Ky., was charged Monday through the military justice system.

Millay's Oct. 28 arrest at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage stems from an investigation by the Army and FBI.

His attorney has said his client told him he is innocent. Steve Karns, of Dallas, said he spoke with Spc. William Colton Millay of Owensboro, Ky., by phone and his 22-year-old client came across as a simple country boy who "seems like a really good kid."

"He doesn't sound like he has a malicious bone in his body or malevolent intent," Karns said.

Army officials said no information was ever transmitted by Millay and that the military police officer was being observed before any damage could have occurred. There is no connection with the case involving Army analyst Bradley Manning, who is suspected of disclosing secret intelligence to WikiLeaks, the Army said.

Millay is assigned to the 164th Military Police Company. Most company members were deployed Afghanistan in March, but Millay was in the company's rear detachment that stayed behind.

Since his arrest, Millay has been in custody without bail at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.