Monica Witt: Former US counterintelligence officer charged with spying for Iran
February 14, 2019 | Brainwave Science
A former US Air Force special agent and counterintelligence specialist, Monica Elfriede Witt, has been accused of delivering classified defense information to the Iranian government that helped Tehran target her US counterintelligence officers.
Monica Witt, aged 39, was a cryptologist and a counter-intelligence analyst for the United States Air Force for more than 10 years before working as an intelligence analyst for the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton for five months in 2008 and doing some other private sector work.
John Demers, assistant attorney general for national Security, said, “It is a sad day for America when one of its citizens betrays our country.”
Witt’s alleged activities violated “her solemn oath to protect and defend our country, and the bounds of human decency.”
According to John Demers, Iran Intelligence agency recruited Witt as part of a program that targets former intelligence officers who have held security clearances. She is alleged to have revealed classified information about the existence of a top-secret US intelligence program to the Iranian government and further provided true identity of US intelligence officers. Four Iranian hackers who were also charged in the indictment reportedly targeted Witt’s co-workers in the US intelligence community with a malware in order to gain access to their system. Federal prosecutors believe these hackers must have gain necessary information from Witt and were working on behalf of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an elite military and security force.
Witt wrote to an Iranian contact she was “endeavoring to put the training I received to good use instead of evil. Thanks for giving me the opportunity.”
The US government issued an arrest warrant for Witt, who remains at large. US official believed she is still in Iran. Witt is charged with espionage, conspiracy and other crimes. According to prosecutors, Witt had been granted the highest level of US Security clearance. In a charging document, investigators say the US deployed the 39-year-old to various locations in the Middle East to conduct classified counterintelligence operation. Previously FBI issued missing persons poster stating Witt was working as an English teacher in either Afghanistan or Tajikistan.
Last November, US President Donald Trump re-imposed all sanctions on Iran that has been suspended due to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement. The 1979 Iranian Revolution has created diplomatic fault line between Iran and Western countries especially US and Iran that continue to this day.
The US government had designated Iran a “State Sponsor of Global Terrorism” in 1984, originally for its support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah and others militant groups. Former President George W Bush names Iran as part of an “Axis of Evil” along with North Korea and Iraq. Recently Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, told President Trump to stop threatening Iran “or else you’ll regret it.” Both the countries are at differ, recognizing each other as a national security threat.
Monica Witt’s espionage case come on the eve of a US-led Middle East Security summit in Warsaw. The two-day conference will cover issues such as “peace and security” including the wars in Syria and Yemen. Witt’s change in allegiance could be the biggest challenge for United States government and law enforcement. FBI still believe Witt remains a threat to US National Security until she is arrested.
Espionage cases especially through hacking has turned into a nightmare for law enforcement agencies around the globe. These cases are now more common and much complex to investigate as it is impractical to retrace digital footprints and hackers’ physical existence isn’t mandatory. It is understood that a single leaked classified defense information can cause unimaginable loss to a National Security.
US is facing a significant threat in such events from all corners-Russia, China and Iran. This isn’t the first time when Iranian government targeted US officials. In December, Last year, Hackers tied to the Iranian government target US official linked to the Iran Nuclear deal. Not only this, Israel closest ally to US and archenemy of Iran, is also experiencing the same dilemma. Israeli Ex- cabinet minister, Gonen Segev, admitted spying for Iran. There are thousands of such recurring cases between Iran and Western countries. All these circumstances demonstrate that United States fails to find a permanent solution to eradicate this espionage problem.
According to US Intelligence Community, The Islamic Republic of Iran presents an “increasingly sophisticated” Cyber espionage threat to the United States and its allies. According to experts, Iranian hacker are daily targeting US government officials, government organization and companies in order to gain confidential information. US defense become more vulnerable when a former counterintelligence agent with the highest clearance support Iran in achieving “Death to America” agenda. National Security personnel consider Iran as a bigger threat to US than ISIS or Al-Qaida. It is understood that for eliminating espionage, precise intelligence is required at the right time. In this case, FBI were aware about the Iranian intelligence interest to recruit Witt beforehand and when Witt showed the fight clue about a change in allegiance. If the existing conventional investigative tools preferred by law enforcement personnel was used on Witt at the above mention moment, it would not reveal what information the perpetrator like Witt possess and trying to conceal from the investigator.
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