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Former U.S. Air Force officer faces spy charges after defecting to Iran
yahoo.com/news/u-charges…
U.S. authorities on Wednesday charged former Air Force intelligence officer Monica Witt with helping Iran launch a cyber-spying operation that targeted her former colleagues after she defected from the United States.
The U.S. Justice Department said Witt, 39, assembled dossiers on eight U.S. military intelligence agents she had worked with for Iranian hackers, who then used Facebook and e-mail to try to install spyware on their computers.
She defected to Iran in 2013 and presumably still lives there, U.S. officials said.

"She decided to turn against the United States and shift her loyalty to Iran. Her primary motivation appears to be ideological” said FBI's executive assistant director for national security.
Washington charged 4 Iranians who were involved in the cyberattacks. U.S. officials imposed sanctions on an Iran firm, Net Peygard Samavat Co, that conducted the hacking operation, & Iranian events company, New Horizon Organization, that works to recruit foreign attendees.
#Witt faces 2 counts of delivering military information to a foreign government and 1 count of conspiracy. She served as a counterintelligence officer in the Air Force from 1997-2008 & worked as contractor for 2 years after that.
later that year, she helped an unnamed Iranian-American official produce an anti-American propaganda film. "I am endeavoring to put the training I received to good use instead of evil," she told that person in an email.
Provided with housing and computer equipment by the Iranian government, Witt tracked down U.S. counterintelligence agents she used to work with on Facebook, the indictment said, and disclosed the classified identity of at least one of those agents, according to the charges.
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