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US Charges Air Force Counterintelligence Agent With Spying, Committing Cybercrimes For Iran

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

A former US Air Force counterintelligence agent with access to top secret national defense information was charged with spying for Iran after she defected to the Islamic Republic and helped it target her former colleagues, according to a seven-count indictment made public on Wednesday (see below).

According to prosecutors, Monica Elfriede Witt a.k.a. Fatemah Zahra, a.k.a. Narges Witt gave the Iranians the code name and mission of a secret Pentagon program which involved American intelligence operations, reports the New York Times.

US Charges Air Force Counterintelligence Agent With Spying, Committing Cybercrimes For Iran

Monica E. Witt (Photo: FBI)

According to the indictment, she was working with members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The elite paramilitary group is known to carry out terrorist operations around the globe and has been sanctioned by the American government.

Prosecutors described how Ms. Witt provided a copy of her biography and job history in August 2013 to a person with ties to Iran’s intelligence services. That same month, she moved to Iran and, while living there, officials provided her with housing and computer equipment. Prosecutors said that she searched Facebook accounts for Americans and created “target packages” for Iran against American counterintelligence officials. –New York Times

Witt conducted research “for the purpose of creating target packages against U.S. counterintelligence agents, and did create such packages in order to enable the Government of Iran to target U.S. counterintelligence agents,” alleges the indictment, which adds that she filmed anti-American propaganda in Iran.

Witt worked for the Air Force between 1997 and 2008, before working as a contractor. She was deployed to locations throughout the Middle East as a counterintelligence officer, and had access to ongoing counterintelligence operations – including the real names of intelligence assets and the identities of American officials connected to their recruitment.

Witt is also believed to have been part of a “cyber conspiracy,” which “did obtain computer and online infrastructure, including virtual private servers, email accounts, and social media accounts, and used htis infrastructure to communicate with each other, to contact targets, and to transmit spearphishing emails and malware.

She was last believed to be in either Afghanistan or Tajikistan in July 2013, where she was working as an English teacher, according to the FBI. Witt may have also traveled to the United Arab Emirates or Iran – where she had previously traveled on at least two other occasions, according to the agency.

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  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    Which raises the singular question… “Why the hell did USAF allow a Muslim into the service at all, let alone allow a Muslim to work in Counter Intelligence?”

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Not a very sharp tool in the trailer park eh? IDIOT!

      • Sinbad2

        Americans don’t leave the cesspit, because they believe what they see on TV, and not what they see with their eyes. Also, who would accept them?

    • Murf

      Dud there are many muslems in the military
      99% percent serve honorably as is their right as a US citizen.
      If you want to kick them out because of her treason the you have to kick out all the white guys because of Bradly Manning and the Walkers.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        The trailer trash think that only fat white pigs are Americunts and no one else can be. The orange fat pig Trump has made this view mainstream even though the trailer now has declining life span thanks to no health care.

        • Murf

          And this has what to do with a Muslims in the US military?

    • Sinbad2

      Because very few Americans with the intelligence to read and write Persian, would work for the lousy pay of the US military.

  • Zionism = EVIL

    “Here I am going to a meeting with 60 foreign ministers and envoys of
    countries from around the world against Iran,” Netanyahu said. “What is
    important about this meeting—and this meeting is not in secret, because
    there are many of those—is that this is an open meeting with
    representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down
    together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of
    combating Iran.”

    “What we are doing is pushing and driving Iran from Syria,” Netanyahu added. “We are committed to doing this.”

    Netanyahu later tweeted out his remarks.

    What is important about this meeting – and it is
    not in secret, because there are many of those – is that this is an open
    meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are
    sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common
    interest of combating Iran.

    — PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) February 13, 2019

  • Zionism = EVIL

    If the more Arab than Arab mullahs eased up on the women’s idiotic restrictive Arab dress codes and ended social repression, many more westerners fed up with their pigs life in the west would defect to Iran. The chador or burka has nothing to do with Persian culture and is an outdated ignorant Arab misogynist import as Arab men are scared of women’s sexuality.

  • Sinbad2

    “Prosecutors said that she searched Facebook accounts for Americans and
    created “target packages” for Iran against American counterintelligence
    officials.”

    Facebook, the public face of the NSA.

  • 1691

    Just another “highly likely”, “may be” and “or” piece of “news”.