An ex-counterintelligence agent is facing arrest warrant on charges of defecting to Iran in 2013. Monica Elfriede Witt, as has been named in the grand jury indictment is also being charged for assisting Iran by spilling the beans on America’s intelligence operations in the region, particularly a Defence Department operation that was among the most important being pursued by the American intelligence.
According to the Justice Department, the Iranian government has provided Monica Witt with a safe house as well as the computing infrastructure she needs to research and reveal other US intelligence secrets. That includes disclosing the identity of other secret service agents she has worked with.
As has been alleged in the indictment, Witt had travelled to Iran in February 2012 to attend a conference that was organised by Revolutionary Guard Corps. It was then that the 39-year old got in touch with a US-Iran dual citizen who persuaded and arranged for her long term stay in the middle-eastern country. It is not known for sure as to where in Iran she might be residing at the moment.
Also facing arrest warrant are four Iranians citizens named Mojtaba Masoumpour, Behzad Mesri, Hossein Parvar and Mohamad Paryar. All of them face similar charges of trying to break into the computer networks used by the US Intelligence.
The American sleuths investigating the matter further alleged the Iranian nationals were masquerading their real identity on social media. Their modus operandi would be to deploy malware that would act as a cover for them as they targeted the computers and network of the US intelligence department and their personnel.
The investigators also revealed its ideological differences that led Witt to defect to Iran.