america Justice department on Wednesday charged former US Air pressure intelligence legit Monica Witt with "conspiracy to supply and delivering country wide defense information to representatives of the Iranian authorities."

Witt returned to the convention a yr later, and started supporting Iranian intelligence offerings. "She went on to disclose US labeled data" to Iranian government officers and carrying out research on US intelligence personnel as part of "target applications," in step with the Justice department.

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'Betrayal'

Witt served as an counterintelligence and Farsi linguistic expert, operating as a special agent of the Air force workplace of special investigation from 1997 till 2008. After leaving the armed forces, she labored as a protection department contractor.

the former agent changed into "granted high-degree protection clearances and was deployed distant places to behavior labeled counterintelligence missions," according to the Justice department. An FBI reputable said the Bureau warned her that she changed into prone to Iranian recruitment.

"The alleged moves of Monica Witt in supporting a antagonistic state are a betrayal of our nation's security, our military and the american human beings," said Terry Phillips, unique agent of the Air pressure workplace of unique Investigations. "whilst violations like this are extraordinarily rare, her movements as alleged are an affront to all who have served our terrific kingdom." four Iranian retailers were also charged for targeting US intelligence employees thru facts Witt provided.

US rallies anti-Iran aid

The German authorities did now not send a cabinet-ranked reputable to the convention and the european's pinnacle diplomat, Federica Mogherini, is not scheduled to make an look. But even in Germany, some politicians criticized the selection no longer to send a senior reliable.

"The non-participation is a political mistake," Johann Wadephul, deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary organization, advised German information company DPA. "every body speaking about Germany's developing international responsibility must comprehend this."

ls/msh (AFP, AP, dpa)