United States: A US military chief and his anesthesiologist wife have been criminally charged with alleged conspiracy to leak highly sensitive health data about military patients in Russia, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Major Jamie Lee Henry, a doctor at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and his wife, Anna Gabrielian, a former anesthesiologist in Maryland, have been charged in a federal court in Maryland with conspiracy and false disclosure of personally identifiable health information. was imposed. About the patients of the army base Jamie Lee Henry is transgender and has used his pronouns in interviews. Reuters was unable to determine who is representing him in the case.
According to the indictment, the plot began after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.
An indictment filed Wednesday charges two Maryland doctors with conspiracy and unlawful disclosure of medical information.
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Prosecutors said the pair wanted to assist the Russian government by providing data that would allow Putin's administration to "gain insight into the medical conditions of individuals associated with the US government and military."
According to the indictment, the two met someone they thought was a Russian officer, but was actually an FBI undercover agent.
According to the indictment, Gabriellean told an undercover agent at a Baltimore hotel on August 17 that "she was motivated by patriotism toward Russia to provide any aid to Russia, even if it meant being fired or imprisoned."
She voluntarily involved her spouse in the plan during the meeting, claiming that Henry was aware of, among other things, prior military training provided by the US to Ukraine.
Later that day, Henry told the undercover agent that he too was committed to Russia, and had considered volunteering to join the Russian army.
“The way I see it in Ukraine now, America is using Ukrainians as a proxy for its hatred of Russia,” she reportedly told the agent.
In return, the agent advised them to read Inside the Aquarium: The Making of a Top Soviet Spy, claiming it would help them understand what they were about to do.
The agent explained, "It's a mindset of sacrificing everything ... and you have that loyalty from day one." "You just don't walk away from him."
According to the indictment, Henry had some objections about providing health-related data, claiming it would violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but his wife had no such reservations.
At a later meeting on August 24, Gabrielle told the undercover agent that his wife was a "coward" for being concerned about HIPAA violations, but that she violated the law "all the time", and that she would see that Russia Had access to the medical records of Fort Bragg patients.
According to the report, by the end of the month, Gabriellean had given information about current and former military officers as well as their spouses.