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US Air Force officers deliver information to Iran that is seriously detrimental to national security

US Air Force officers deliver information to Iran

WASHINGTON/TEHRAN – A US Air Force officer has left Iran to exchange information that could cause “serious damage” to US national security, officials said Wednesday.
Daily Independent reported that the former air force intelligence specialist has been charged with espionage and accused of working for Iran, according to an unsealed federal indictment.
The announcement came after Deputy Attorney General for National Security John Demers and other senior officials called reporters to discuss what they called “a national security action involving Iran.
Officials discussed the unsealed indictment against Monica Witt, a former counterintelligence officer with the Air Force’s Special Investigations Bureau. Ms. Witt traveled to Iran almost six years ago in 2013.
Four Iranian pirates are also charged. Prosecutors said they have targeted former Witt colleagues in the intelligence community.
According to the indictment, the four Iranians were acting on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps linked to the government.
“It is a sad day for America when one of its citizens betrays our country,” said Mr. Demers, head of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.
Ms. Witt remains on the run. Aged 39, “Charged by Federal Grand Jury in District of Columbia for Conspiracy to Provide National Defense Information to Iranian Government Officials”, Indictment Issued Wednesday Morning.
“Witt, who left Iran in 2013, reportedly helped Iran’s intelligence services target former US intelligence agents (USIC). Witt also reportedly revealed the code name and classified mission of a US Department of defense Special Access Program, “the indictment continues. An arrest warrant has been issued against her.
Four people named Mojtaba Masoumpour, Behzad Mesri, Hossein Parvar and Mohamad Paryar, were also charged with conspiracy, attempted computer intrusion and aggravated identity theft, their alleged crimes date back to 2014-2015.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the agency was “acting against” malicious Iranian cyber-actors and covert operations that have targeted Americans at home and abroad as part of our ongoing efforts to counter the cyberattacks of the Iranian regime.
The Treasury approves Horizon’s new organization for its support of the IRGC-QF, he said in a statement, that New Horizon hosts international conferences that have provided Iran’s intelligence officers with a platform to recruit and collect damaging information from participants while spreading anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. We also punish a company based in Iran that attempted to install malicious software to compromise the computers of US personnel.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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