Former Air Force Intel Agent Indicted for Sharing Secrets with Iran

Former Air Force Intel Agent Indicted for Sharing Secrets with Iran

Former Air Force Intel Agent Indicted for Sharing Secrets with Iran

The indictment said Monica Witt exposed a us agent and helped Iran's Revolutionary Guards develop cybertargets in the USA military after defecting to Iran in 2013.

Witt, 39, served in the Air Force from 1997 to 2008, spending some of that time doing counterintelligence work in the Middle East, before moving to the private sector to work as a contractor.

The US Justice Department charged a former US air force intelligence official Wednesday with spying for Iran, saying she exposed a fellow US agent and helped the Revolutionary Guard target her former colleagues for cyber attacks.

"This case reflects our firm resolve to hold accountable any individual who betrays the public trust by compromising our national security", said U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu.

She is also alleged to have worked with Iran on research to target other USA officers. After her separation from the Air Force, Witt was employed by the Department of Defense as a contractor in 2010, where she was issued high-level security clearances and was deployed overseas to conduct classified counterintelligence missions, according to a Department of Justice indictment unsealed on February 13. The four are said to have worked on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Tabb said investigators believe Witt's motive was "ideological", and the indictment against her alleges that, before she defected, she appeared in videos that she knew would be broadcast by Iranian media outlets and "made statements that were critical of the U.S. government".

They are said to be charged with using malware, phishing attacks and false identities, including one called Bella Wood on Facebook, who successfully friended one of the United States agents while they were deployed as a military intelligence officer in Kabul.

Similarly, Iran can proceed in its legal bid to recover frozen assets seized by the US, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Witt, who left the Air Force in 2008 and later became a Defense Department contractor, disclosed to Iran the code name and classified mission of a Pentagon special access program.

The US Department of Treasury also announced economic sanctions against two Iranian companies today -New Horizon Organization, for its support of the IRGC; and Net Peygard Samavat Company, a company that developed and attempted to install malware on US government personnel' computers under the coordination of the IRGC.

Witt's indictment describes her defection to Iran, her revelation of the name of a USA operative conducting counterintelligence against an undisclosed target, and her efforts involving multiple fake accounts on Facebook to compile data on members of the United States intelligence community for the benefit of Iranian operations.

The FBI seeks her arrest on the charges of conspiracy to deliver national defense information to representatives of a foreign government and delivering national defense information to representatives of a foreign government, specifically the government of Iran. She also reportedly went overseas several times on counterintelligence missions. For me? Well, I loved the work, and I am endeavouring to put the training I received to good use instead of evil.

Witt told the federal agents that if she returned to Iran, she would not provide any information on her past work for the American government.

She moved into special investigations in 2003, focusing on criminal, fraud and counterintelligence investigations, according to the resume. "I got a copy of the Quran and started reading it", she said. The four men were identified as Mojtaba Masoumpour, Behzad Mesri, Hossein Parvar and Mohamad Paryar.

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