Friday, 22 February, 2019

United States charges former Air Force intel agent with defecting to Iran

Former Air Force intelligence officer charged with defecting to Iran and conspiring to share top-secret information Former US air force officer charged with spying for Iran
Ellis Copeland | 13 February, 2019, 22:54

She also created packages for Iranian intelligence officers to target confidential U.S. officials working within the country. The indictment accuses her of assisting "Iranian intelligence services in targeting her former fellow agents in the U.S. Intelligence Community".

"She chose to turn against the United States and shift her loyalty to the government of Iran", Tabb said. She was warned about her activities, but reassured agents that she would not provide sensitive information about her work if she returned to Iran.

She defected to Iran in 2013 after being invited to two all-expense-paid conferences in the country that the Justice Department says promoted anti-Western propaganda and condemned American moral standards.

Four Iranian nationals were also charged in the same indictment for their alleged involvement in the cyber attacks.

Witt replied: "LOL thank the sec of defence?"

However, in 2012, she traveled to Iran to attend the Iranian New Horizon Organization's "Hollywoodism" conference, aimed specifically at criticizing and condemning American foreign policy.

The publication of the indictment coincided with the Treasury Department's announcing a new series of cyber-security related sanctions on a number of Iranian individuals and entities, including the IRGC, which engages in "efforts to recruit and collect intelligence from foreign attendees [of various conferences], including USA persons, and four associated individuals", according to the a release announcing the sanctions. American officials say the conferences, which promote Holocaust denial and conspiracy theories, serve as a platform for Iran to recruit and collect intelligence.

On the conference's opening day, Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani gave a speech in which he called for regime change in Iran.

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Iranian hackers then used that information to target those individuals with cyberattacks, the Justice Department said. She was warned that May by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that she was a potential target for recruitment by Iranian intelligence. For me? Well, I loved the work, and I am endeavoring to put the training I received to good use instead of evil. She met with Revolutionary Guards representatives and declared her desire to immigrate to Iran, according to the indictment.

According to the FBI, Ms Witt was last seen in southwest Asia in July 2013.

She eventually did, with help from Individual A, in August 2013.

Using a typed smiley-face, she later told the same, unnamed person, "If all else fails, I just may go public with a program and do like Snowden".

Witt allegedly provided information on the targets that were worth hacking and even worked with the four hackers to register an impostor Facebook account in the name of a former colleague, successfully befriending other special agents.

She also conducted online research, including on Facebook, to create information "packages" on her former colleagues in the USA intelligence community.

During her government career, she was granted high-level security clearances and "deployed overseas to conduct classified counterintelligence missions", the DOJ said.

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