President Trump and his administration just busted an Iranian spying operation where one member, a former US intelligence officer, handed over highly classified information
This is not good. The former Air Force intelligence specialist was just criminally charged. From The Hill:
The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled criminal charges against a former Air Force intelligence specialist who was allegedly recruited by the Iranian government to spy on the United States.
The indictment unsealed Wednesday charges Monica Witt, who officials say worked for a U.S. defense contractor after leaving the Air Force and handled highly classified information, with two counts of delivering national defense information to a foreign government and one count of conspiracy.
The indictment also charges four of Witt’s alleged Iranian coconspirators with cyber crimes for targeting Witt’s former U.S. government colleagues on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
From NPR: A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence officer has been indicted for allegedly giving national defense secrets to Iran, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.
Monica Witt defected to Iran in 2013, authorities said. She allegedly provided security officials of the Islamic Republic with the code name and classified mission of a U.S. Defense Department special access program.
Four Iranian nationals also were named in the same indictment with Witt. The Iranians face several charges including conspiracy, computer intrusions and identity theft targeting Witt’s former co-workers.
Witt left the Air Force in 2008 and worked as a contractor for two years, officials said. Her work for the government ended in 2010.
As part of its action, the United States sanctioned two Iran-based firms – New Horizon Organization and Net Peygard Samavat Company – and several individuals associated with the two groups.
The U.S. Treasury said Net Peygard targeted current and former U.S. government and military personnel with a malicious cyber campaign, and it said New Horizon had organized international conferences supporting efforts by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force to recruit and collect intelligence from foreign attendees.