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Cropper Cmdr Accused of "Aiding the Enemy"
US Military Holding Lt. Col. William H. Steele in Kuwait
By DAVID PHINNEY 04/25/2007 5:02 PM ET
A key prison commander at Camp Cropper, Iraq, has been arrested and is being detained in Kuwait for trial under charges that he was aiding the enemy, IraqSlogger has learned from numerous independent sources.

Army Lt. Col. William H. Steele has been under arrest for as long as three weeks, but Steele is said to face charges that include aiding insurgents, having personal relationships with Iraqi women, misappropriating government funds and conduct unbecoming of an officer.

U.S. military sources were contacted almost a week ago, but have made themselves unavailable for comment to confirm or deny the charges. However, the Army released a statement to NBC News a couple of hours ago:

“One specification of a violation of Article 104, aiding the enemy; one specification of a violation of Article 134, retaining classified material; two specifications of violations of Article 133, conduct unbecoming an officer, for relationships involving an interpreter and another Iraqi female; five specifications of a violation of Article 92, failure to obey lawful orders for wrongfully storing classified materials, improperly marking classified materials, failing to obey an order from a superior officer, possession of pornography and dereliction of duty as an approving official for the expenditure of government funds.”

Steele's mother in Frostburg, MD said by phone Monday that she hadn't heard from her son in three weeks and wasn't sure why. Attempts to contact his wife were unsuccessful.

Camp Cropper is a high-value holding facility for insurgents and others where former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was held.


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