Colonel Cleared Of Aiding Enemy

Team Infidel

Forum Spin Doctor
New York Times
October 20, 2007
Pg. 9

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Oct. 19 (AP) — A former American military commander at the jail that held Saddam Hussein was acquitted Friday of aiding the enemy by lending an unmonitored cellphone to an inmate, but a military judge convicted him of unauthorized possession of thousands of pages of classified documents and two other charges.
The commander, Lt. Col. William H. Steele, 52, of Prince George, Va., faced a life sentence if convicted of allowing prisoners to use his cellphone for unmonitored calls.
The judge, Lt. Col. Timothy Grammel, found Colonel Steele not guilty of that charge but convicted him of unauthorized possession of classified documents, behavior unbecoming an officer for an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter, and failing to obey an order.
Colonel Steele was sentenced to two years in jail, and will also be dismissed from the service.