Former Air Force Intel Agent Indicted for Sharing Secrets with Iran

Department of Justice shows Monica Elfriede Witt. — AP

Department of Justice shows Monica Elfriede Witt. — AP

Monica Elfriede Witt, the 39-year-old former agent named in the grand jury indictment, is accused of exposing members of the USA intelligence community, targeting former colleagues with an elaborate computer scheme run by Iran, and exposing a top-secret Defense Department program considered one of the "crown jewels of us intelligence", according to Fox News.

Monica Witt, who allegedly defected to Iran in 2013, had previously worked as a U.S. counterintelligence officer.

US Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials are in Warsaw for a conference focused on Iran and other security issues in the Middle East. During her time working for the government, Witt had access to "classified information, including details of ongoing counterintelligence operations, true names of sources, and the identities of US agents involved in the recruitment of those sources", according to the indictment.

"It is a sad day for America when one of its citizens betrays our country, " said John Demers, an Assistant Attorney-General for National Security.

The event, though, has received a tepid response overseas, as some objected to the its anti-Iran focus.

Tabb said "she provided information that could cause serious damage to national security", though he did not provide specifics.

Monica Witt, 39, a former U.S. Air Force officer, indicted for aiding Iran, is seen in this Federal Bureau of Investigation photo released in Washington, DC, U.S., February 13, 2019. Investigators said they targeted Witt's former co-workers.

A grand jury indicted 39-year-old Monica Witt, who authorities believe collaborated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, revealed state secrets and endangered members of the intelligence community, CBS News reported.

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According to the unsealed indictment, Monica Witt is accused of having defected to Iran in 2013.

She separated from the military in 2008 and ended work as a Defense Department contractor in 2010. The hackers managed to gain access to a Facebook group of USA government agents.

But later that year, she helped an unnamed Iranian-American official produce an anti-American propaganda film.

In one message she wrote that she might "do like (Edward) Snowden", the former USA intelligence contractor who in early June 2013 leaked thousands of documents on the operations of the National Security Agency.

Monica Witt, who was born and raised in Texas, allegedly provided Iranian security officials with the code name and classified mission of a U.S. Defense Department special access program. In short, she worked up dossiers about them that outlined who they were and what kind of work they might have been doing. The four men were identified as Mojtaba Masoumpour, Behzad Mesri, Hossein Parvar and Mohamad Paryar.

Iran and the United States are longtime cyber-antagonists.

In October 2018, the US was ordered by the United Nations court to provisionally lift some of its newly imposed sanctions against Iran. -Israeli computer sabotage weapon Stuxnet, for example, and Iran has been blamed for a number of cyberattacks against the US and its allies, including Saudi Arabia.

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