Washington DC [USA], Feb 14 (ANI): The US Justice department on Wednesday (local time) charged a former Air force counter-intelligence officer, for allegedly spying for the Iranian authorities.
A federal grand jury here indicted Monica Elfriede Witt on prices of revealing the code call and labeled project of a US military special get admission to software to the Iranian government, Voice of the us said.
Witt defected to Iran round six years in the past.
Hailing from Texas, the 39-yr-vintage former intel agent served inside the US Air pressure from 1997 to 2008 and worked as a contractor from 2008 to 2010.
A high-ranking legitimate inside the US Air force stated that Witt commenced operating for the Iranian authorities after she left the navy.
Her actions are "a betrayal of our state's protection, our navy and the american human beings," stated Terry Phillips, a unique agent inside the Air pressure workplace of special investigations in the course of a press name with journalists.
furthermore, four Iranian nationals have been indicted and face charges of conspiracy, pc intrusions and identification robbery for targetting Witt's former co-workers in 2014 and 2015. The four Iranians had been -- Mojtaba Masoumpour, Behzad Mesri, Hossein Parvar and Mohamad Paryar.
Prosecutors said that the indicted Iranians operating on behalf of the usa's progressive guard Corps were the usage of faux social media bills and planned to installation malware that allows you to advantage get admission to to the targets' computers and networks.
"this situation underscores the risks to our intelligence professionals and the lengths our adversaries will go to discover them, divulge them, target them, and, in a few uncommon cases, in the long run turn them against the nation they swore to shield," Voice of the united states quoted John Demers, assistant legal professional popular for countrywide protection as saying.
"while our intelligence specialists are focused or betrayed, the countrywide safety department will relentlessly pursue justice against the wrong-doers," he added. (ANI)