USA says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets

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Monica Witt, who was born and raised in Texas, allegedly provided Iranian security officials with the code name and classified mission of a U.S. Defense Department special access program.

The same indictment charged four Iranians for conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, accusing them of helping Witt gather information on her former US government colleagues.

Former US Air Force intelligence specialist Monica Witt has been indicted on seven counts for delivering national defence information to the government of Iran, conspiracy and attempt to commit computer intrusions and aggravated identity theft, according to an indictment filed in US court on Wednesday. She also conducted multiple searches for her former fellow agents using Facebook accounts registered under fake names.

Witt first traveled to a "Hollywoodism" conference in 2012, when she appeared in Iranian television videos in which she identified herself as a former US service member with. -Iranian citizen who is identified as "Individual A" in the indictment hired Witt to be her assistant on an anti-American propaganda film.

The Justice Department alleged she shared with Iran packages of information about her former colleagues so they could be targeted, as well as the code name and mission of a Defence Department Special Access Programme, which was highly classified.

The DOJ claims Witt has been working ever since with IRGC hacking units to craft and fine-tune cyber-operations against her former Air Force colleagues, some of whom she knew personally.

Prosecutors say that Iranian intelligence recruited Witt in 2012 when she attended a conference in Iran called "Hollywoodism", organized by Iranian company New Horizon Organization and sponsored by the IRGC.

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According to an undated Federal Bureau of Investigation missing persons declaration regarding Witt, she had not been in contact with anyone since 2013.

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 USA government". According to authorities, she started working on behalf of Tehran by disclosing classified information and compiling research on US intelligence personnel she previously worked with. Iran's nuclear program was the target of the U.S.

She replied, "LOL thank the sec of defense?"

"I loved the work, and I am endeavoring to put the training I received to good use instead of evil", she allegedly told her IRGC contact. She met with Revolutionary Guards representatives and declared her desire to immigrate to Iran, according to the indictment.

In June 2013, she wrote Individual A, "If all else fails, I just may go public with a program and do like Snowden" with a smiley face - a reference to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Officials would not elaborate on why the indictment was brought six years after her detection, except to say that they had to move classified intelligence into an unclassified format to be used in a pending criminal proceeding.

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