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US charges former Air Force intelligence specialist with spying for Iran

Posted: 10:49 AM, Feb 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-13 16:49:04Z

The US has charged a former Air Force intelligence specialist with spying for Iran, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court Wednesday.

Monica Witt, who was also a former counterintelligence officer for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, defected to Iran in 2013, according to the indictment, and remains at large.

Witt, 39, disclosed the true name and work of a US government agent to Iran in 2014-2015, the indictment alleges, and also "created target packages for use by Iran" against US government agents and counterintelligence officers.

The indictment also alleges that Witt disclosed the code name and classified mission of a US defense department Special Access Program.

The indictment also charges four Iranians with conspiracy, attempts to commit computer intrusion and aggravated identity theft as part of an effort in 2014 and 2015 to target Witt's former colleagues and co-workers in the US intelligence community.