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Spec. WIlliam C. Millay. Source: US Army Spec. WIlliam C. Millay. Source: US Army
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The park where FBI investigators say Millay planned to hand over information. The park where FBI investigators say Millay planned to hand over information.

An Alaska-based military policeman will serve 16 years in prison and will be dishonorably discharged for selling military secrets to a Russian agent, who was an undercover FBI agent.

Spec. William Colton Millay of Owensboro, Ky., was sentenced Monday.

A panel of 8 military members recommended a 19-year sentence but that was dropped to 16 years because of a pretrial agreement.

Military prosecutors painted Millay 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 his fellow soldiers their lives. 

According to FBI special agent Derrick Criswell, the lead investigator who testified Monday, Millay exchanged classified information about Duke and Warlock, a system that jams electronic signals used to set off roadside bombs.

In October of 2011, Criswell says Millay participated in what he describes as a dead drop -- a discrete way of exchanging information -- at Valley of the Moon park in Anchorage. Millay was later arrested by Army Counterintelligence special agents for suspicion of attempted espionage.

Authorities say Millay was motivated by his disgust with the government and the military, as well as money.

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

Millay joined the Army in November 2007, graduated from Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and served in Korea and Fort Stewart, Ga., before being assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in May 2011.

Millay had one combat tour of duty in Iraq from December 2009 to July 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his initial arrest he was held at the nearest holding facility which was the Anchorage Correctional Complex. After he was charged by the military he was moved to the nearest Army Regional Confinement Facility, which is located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Millay has remained in confinement at the Regional Confinement Facility since that time.

"Millay betrayed his nation's trust by attempting to sell classified national defense information for profit to a foreign nation. Today, he is being held accountable for his actions," said Deirdre Fike, Special Agent in Charge of the Anchorage FBI Division.

"We continue to remain vigilant in protecting America's secrets from those entrusted with their safekeeping who seek to sell them for profit. I want to personally thank U.S. Army, Trial Counsel Assistance Program, Fort Belvoir, Va.; U.S. Army Military Intelligence, Special Investigations Detachment, Fort Meade, Md.; U.S. Army Military Intelligence, Alaska Resident Office; JBER, Alaska, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 631; JBER, Alaska, U.S. Army CID at JBER; and the U.S. Army Alaska Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, JBER, Alaska, for their efforts in this investigation," said Fike.

Officials say there is no connection between Millay and Bradley Manning, the army private accused of disclosing information to Wikileaks.

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