The Justice Department on Thursday charged an Army doctor and a Johns Hopkins anesthesiologist with conspiring to provide the Russian government with medical information about American soldiers and their families.
The indictment names Jamie Lee Henry, an Army commander at Fort Bragg who had a secret security clearance, and Henry’s wife, Anna Gabrielian, a Russian-speaking woman who is affiliated with Johns Hopkins, according to a report. Hopkins website.
They are accused of offering confidential information to an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the Russian embassy.
The indictment says the FBI learned that Gabrielian had volunteered assistance to Russia through his embassy in Washington.
During an Aug. 17 meeting in a Baltimore hotel room, Gabrielian told the undercover FBI agent that she “was motivated by patriotism toward Russia to give whatever help she could to Russia, even if it meant getting fired or going home. to jail,” the indictment alleges. .
Gabrielian told the agent that he had contacted the Russian embassy by email and phone, and offered assistance to Russia from both her and her husband, Henry, the indictment says.
He told the agent that although Henry knew he was communicating with the Russian embassy on behalf of both of them, he did not mention Henry’s name in his interactions with the Russian embassy, so Henry could claim lack of knowledge.
The indictment refers to Henry as male, but Henry in 2015 it was made public as the first openly transgender Army officer. Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office in Baltimore, said Henry referred to himself as a man in his interactions with the undercover FBI agent.
Later on Aug. 17, Gabrielian and Henry met with the undercover agent, the indictment says. According to the indictment, Henry described his commitment to helping Russia and had sought to volunteer to join the Russian military after the conflict in Ukraine began, but Russia wanted people with combat experience and Henry had none. The indictment says Henry added: “The way I see what is happening in Ukraine now is that the United States is using the Ukrainians as a proxy for its own hatred of Russia.”
On August 31, according to the indictment, the FBI agent met with Gabrielian and Henry at a hotel in Gaithersburg, Maryland, near Washington, DC.
Gabrielian gave the agent medical information about the spouse of a person employed by the Office of Naval Intelligence and highlighted a medical problem that Russia could exploit, the indictment says.
Henry allegedly provided information on at least five people who were patients at Fort Bragg, including a retired Army officer, a current Department of Defense employee, the spouse of a US Army veteran, and two spouses of US Army veterans. US Army Deceased.
Court records say that Gabrielian and Henry were arrested; it was unclear if they have lawyers.
The defendants face a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge and a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for each count of disclosure of medical information.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Johns Hopkins Medicine said: “We were surprised to learn of this news this morning and intend to fully cooperate with investigators.”