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US Soldier to Be Sentenced in Espionage Case

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A U.S. soldier convicted of attempted espionage faces up to life in prison when he goes before an Army sentencing panel Monday, the military said.

Spc. William Colton Millay pleaded guilty last month, but his plea was announced only on Thursday by officials at Joint Base Richardson-Elmendorf in Alaska.

Among other allegations, Millay was accused of transmitting national defense information to an undercover FBI agent he believed was a foreign intelligence agent. Officials have declined to say what country Millay believed the FBI agent represented, but such details are likely to come out during sentencing.

Millay, 24, pleaded guilty March 19 to attempted espionage, soliciting a fellow service member to get classified material, issuing a false statement and communicating national defense information.

His attorney, Charles Swift, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Millay was arrested in October 2011. The military police officer was being observed during the espionage investigation and no damage occurred, officials have said.

Army officials said Millay "had access to the information through the course of his normal duties both stateside and on a previous deployment, and believed that it could be used to the detriment of the United States or the advantage of a foreign nation." Officials have not said what time period was involved, but Millay's previous attorney, Steve Karns, has said the allegations cover 2011.

Millay was assigned to a combat tour in Iraq from December 2009 to July 2010, and he served in Korea, according to the Army.

Officials have said the investigation did not involve a sting operation.

Officials have said there is no connection between Millay's case and one involving Bradley Manning, an Army private who is accused of disclosing secret intelligence to the secrets-spilling website WikiLeaks.

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