Muslim chaplain who was cleared of espionage quitting U-S Army
FORT LEWIS, Wash. A Muslim chaplain cleared of espionage charges after being imprisoned for 76 days is resigning from the Army, effective in January.Captain James Yee ministered to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay naval station in Cuba, where the U-S military is holding suspected Muslim terrorists. He was taken into custody after the military initially linked him to a possible espionage ring there.
In March, Army officials dismissed all criminal charges against him, but found him guilty of the non-criminal Army charges of adultery and downloading pornography. The reprimand he received was thrown out by an Army general a month later.
In his resignation letter, Yee says the "unfounded allegations -- which were leaked to the media" irreparably damaged his reputation and his prospects for promotion.
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