Army main, doctor wife charged in plot to give Russia medical information

A U.S. Army main doctor and her doctor wife have been charged with a legal plot to give confidential medical information associated to members of the U.S. army and sufferers at Johns Hopkins Hospital to the Russian authorities, court docket data present.

The couple, Major Jamie Lee Henry, 39, and anaesthesiologist Anna Gabrielian, had been named in a federal indictment unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore charging them with conspiracy to disclose well being information.

Henry was a employees internist at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, who had secret-level safety clearance. Fort Bragg is the house of the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps, headquarters of the United States Army Special Operations Command, and the Womack Army Medical Center.

Gabrielian, 36, is on the employees of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, in accordance to the hospital’s net web page. That web page notes that Gabrielian speaks each English and Russian.

The indictment stated Henry and Gabrielian, who reside in Rockville, Maryland, believed they’d be giving medical information associated to sufferers at Fort Bragg and Johns Hopkins to an individual working on the Russian embassy in Washington.

In actuality, that different particular person was an undercover FBI agent who had approached Gabrielian in mid-August and requested her concerning the help she had provided to the Russian embassy a number of months earlier. Gabrlelian met that agent in a Baltimore resort room on Aug. 17, the indictment says.

During that assembly, she informed the FBI agent “she was motivated by patriotism toward Russia to provide any assistance she could to Russia, even if it meant being fired or going to jail,” the indictment says.

Later that very same day, she known as the agent “to reaffirm” the couple “were committed to helping Russia,” the indictment alleges.

The charging doc accuses the couple of offering medical information associated to sufferers at Fort Bragg and Johns Hopkins to exhibit their stage of entry to such information of “U.S. personnel,” and to present “the potential for the Russian government to gain insights into the medical conditions of individuals associated with the U.S. government and military, to exploit this information.”

On Aug. 31, throughout a gathering with the secret agent in a resort in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the couple gave the agent well being information associated to a number of people, the indictment stated. Gabrieliani allegedly gave the agent information associated to “the spouse of a person currently employed by the Office of Naval Intelligence” and “higlighted to the [agent] a medical issue reflected in the records [of that person] that Russia could exploit,” the indictment stated. She additionally turned over data associated to “a veteran of the United States Air Force.”

Henry at that very same assembly gave the agent medical information associated to a present Defense Department worker, a retired Army veteran, the partner of an Army veteran, and the partner of two deceased Army veterans, the indictment says.

Henry in 2015 was reported to be the primary recognized active-duty Army officer to come out as transgender. While she identifies herself as a lady, the indictment repeatedly refers to Henry by male pronouns.

The couple allegedly mentioned with the underagent the necessity for them “to maintain ‘plausible deniability’ regarding their interactions.”

“Gabrilelian suggested a cover story for their interactions, and a plan for Gabrielian and Henry’s children flee the U.S. quickly if Gabrielian and Henry were told to act in a way that could expose their communications and actions to the U.S. government,” the indictment says.

Gabrilelian allegedly informed the agent on Aug. 17 that she was keen to “provide any assistance she could to Russia, even if it meant being fired or going to jail.”

At that very same assembly, Gabrelian allegedly informed the agent that Henry “was currently a more important source for Russia than she was, since Henry had more helpful information, including on how the U.S. military establishes an army hospital in war conditions, and about previous training the U.S. military provided to Ukrainian military personnel.”

When Gabrielian and Henry collectively met with the agent on the resort on the evening of Aug. 17, the indictment says.

“During that meeting, Henry explained to the [undercover agent that they were] committed to assisting Russia, and he had looked into volunteering to join the Russian Army after the conflict in Ukraine began, but Russia wanted people with ‘combat experience,’ and he did not have any,” the indictment stated.

“Henry further stated: ‘the way I am viewing what is going on in Ukraine now, is that the United States is using Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred toward Russia,’ ” the charging doc alleges.

At the identical assembly, Henry stated that Gabrielian had beneficial the guide “Inside the Aquarium: The Making of a Top Soviet Spy,” the indictment alleged. That 1986 guide by Viktor Suvorov describes the creator’s coaching contained in the then-Soviet Union’s army intelligence system.

Henry additionally allegedly informed the secret agent on the assembly that, “My point of view is until the United States actually declares war against Russia, Tm able to help as much as I want. At that point. I’ll have some ethical issues I have to work through,” in accordance to the indictment.

“Gabrielian replied: ‘you’ll work through those ethical issues,’ ” the indictment alleges.

Spokesmen for the Army and the Department of Justice didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s requests for remark.

A spokeswoman for Johns Hopkins stated, “We were shocked to learn about this news this morning and intend to fully cooperate with investigators.”

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