The fading espionage case against Army Capt. James Yee, the Muslim chaplain who ministered to GuantÃ¡namo Bay prisoners, came to an abrupt end yesterday after the U.S. military dropped all charges against him.
In a surprise move, the Army dismissed allegations of mishandling classified information – the most serious offenses left in a case authorities once described as involving spying, mutiny, sedition and aiding the enemy.
“Chaplain Yee has won,” said his lawyer, Eugene Fidell. “The Army’s dismissal of the classified-information charges against him represents a long-overdue vindication.
“Yee is entitled to an apology.”
Yee, who was stationed at Fort Lewis before Cuba’s GuantÃ¡namo, was unavailable for comment yesterday, his lawyer said.
Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the GuantÃ¡namo commander, said he dropped the charges because of national-security concerns that would arise from the release of evidence in a court proceeding, according to a statement released by the U.S. Southern Command in Florida.
Miller made his decision after consulting with government lawyers and intelligence officials, the statement said.
The military also dropped criminal charges of violating military law by committing adultery and storing pornographic images on a government computer”¦