Providing a cell phone to a suspected insurgent and mishandling classi…

Providing a cell phone to a suspected insurgent and mishandling classified information are two of the charges facing a former US commander of an American run prison in Iraq.

The U.S. military has announced several charges against the former commander of one of the largest American-run prisons in Iraq. A statement by the military says Lieutenant-Colonel William Steele faces charges of aiding the enemy during the time he headed Baghdad’s Camp Cropper detention facility.

The U.S. military says Lieutenant-Colonel Steele is charged with giving a cell phone to suspected insurgents detained in Camp Cropper between October 2005 and February 2006. He is accused of mishandling classified information and of having an improper relationship with a detainee’s daughter and an interpreter. He also faces charges of possessing pornography.

In Washington, the top U.S. commander for Iraq, General David Petraeus, said Steele has been in custody in Kuwait for several weeks, but he refused to comment on the accusations.

“As with any case that is ongoing, a senior commander can’t comment because of the concern over command influence. And, that’s really where I have to leave that,” said General Petraeus.

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