Ex-Air Force Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Giving Secrets To Iran

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Monica Elfriede Witt provided the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), a branch of the country's armed forces, with information related to her work on a secret Pentagon program, according to the indictment released publicly Wednesday.

This image provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows part of the wanted poster for Monica Elfriede Witt, the former United States air force counter-intelligence specialist who defected to Iran despite warnings from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"She chose to turn against the United States and shift her loyalty to Iran", said Jay Tabb, the FBI's executive assistant director for national security.

The Iranian hackers also used photos and information of another USA counterintelligence official to create a fake Facebook account for friending other agents.

Also charged are four Iranians who allegedly worked on behalf of the Quds.


Witt returned to another New Horizon Organization event in 2013 where she made the decision to emigrate to Iran.

Specifically, between January and May 2015, the Cyber Conspirators, using fictitious and imposter accounts, attempted to trick their targets into clicking links or opening files that would allow the conspirators to deploy malware on the target's computer.

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

The IQNA noted that Witt "referred to the extensive propaganda against Iran and Islam in the United States, saying that the American people are under the influence of the propaganda".

Witt learned Farsi at a US military language school and allegedly traveled to Iran for an anti-American event that promoted "anti-U.S. propaganda", and returned again in 2013 when she was provided with housing and computer equipment to work on behalf of Iran.


The U.S. Treasury is also placing sanctions on the New Horizon Organization and Net Peygard, a company that associated the hacking of agents.

The indictment said Witt was recruited during trips to Tehran in 2012 and 2013 with help from an unidentified "Individual A", a dual US-Iranian citizen whose description resembles Hashemi.

The indictment alleges that between January 2014 and May 2015, she created "target packages", or dossiers on her former counter-intelligence colleagues, including the identity of an undercover agent and a secret USA counter-intelligence operation against a particular target, which is not named.

They said Witt served as a counterintelligence officer in the air force from 1997 until 2008, and worked as contractor for two years after that. She was also a Defense Department contractor until 2010. That year, an unidentified person contacted her and remarked that she was well-trained. For me? Well, I loved the work, and I am endeavoring to put the training I received to good use instead of evil.??

Among the attempted attack techniques, according to the indictment, was the creation of an imposter Facebook account using the photo of an intelligence agent from a legitimate Facebook account.


Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said in a statement that this was "all in violation of the law, [Witt's] solemn oath to protect and defend our country, and the bounds of human decency". "I got a copy of the Quran and started reading it", she said.

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