While the FBI spends time busting down doors of 66 year-old men like Roger Stone, real crimes with real consequences in regards to national security go un-noticed until it’s too late.
According to American Military News, Monica Elfriede Witt, a former counterintelligence officer who now lives in Iran, assisted Iran in spying on her fellow intelligence officers, according to a Department of Justice press release detailing the indictment on Wednesday.
“Monica Witt is charged with revealing to the Iranian regime a highly classified intelligence program and the identity of a U.S. Intelligence Officer, all in violation of the law, her solemn oath to protect and defend our country, and the bounds of human decency,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers.
Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage on Behalf of Iran; Four Iranians Charged With a Cyber Campaign Targeting Her Former Colleagues https://t.co/oC2NQt6unk
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) February 13, 2019
According to an FBI wanted notice, Witt remains at large, but was last known to be living in Iran.
Witt, 39, served in the Air Force during 1997-2008, and as a contractor until 2010. She secured a high-level security clearance and routinely worked highly classified intelligence missions.
She defected to Iran five years ago and began helping Iranian intelligence target her former colleagues in the U.S. She also revealed classified details in the Pentagon’s Special Access Program.
She and her co-conspirators used social media accounts in their ploy to spread malware through phishing messages that granted them access to networks and computers.
Four Iranians are also named in the indictment as co-conspirators. They are charged with “conspiracy, attempts to commit computer intrusion and aggravated identity theft,” the statement notes. The statement did not detail their potential penalties if captured.
“The charges unsealed today are the result of years of investigative work by the FBI to uncover Monica Witt’s betrayal of the oath she swore to safeguard America’s intelligence and defense secrets,” said Executive Assistant Director for National Security Tabb.
Monica Elfriede Witt is #wanted by the #FBI for her alleged involvement in criminal activities to include espionage & conspiracy to commit espionage. If you have info concerning Witt, contact your local FBI office or the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. https://t.co/f0OsA1hayy pic.twitter.com/eb4pe5UsEe
— FBI (@FBI) February 13, 2019
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the U.S. is leveling new sanctions against Iranian entities connected to such ill intended activities. – [Read More]