The US Army’s first trans officer, Major Jamie Lee Henry, and his spouse, a Johns Hopkins anesthesiologist Dr. Anna Gabrielian were arrested for trying to give secret records to the Russian government, according to a federal indictment made public on Thursday.
The couple was arrested and federally indicted for conspiracy and wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information after offering medical information of military personnel to a Russian embassy employee, which, in reality, was an undercover FBI agent.
If convicted of both charges, they face up to 15 years in federal prison.
According to the Department of Justice, Henry had a secret security clearance as a doctor at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and used it to access and steal the files that included medical records of senior military officers at the base, which is home to 52,000 active-duty soldiers, as well as the US Army’s Delta Force and Special Operations Forces.
The FBI, according to the indictment, intercepted a message from Gabrielian offering the undercover agent to provide sensitive medical information on members of the US military and their families to the Russian embassy.
She allegedly told the agent during a meeting at a hotel in Gaithersburg that she was motivated by patriotism toward Russia to the degree that she was willing to risk being fired or going to jail. She emphasized that her husband’s security clearance could also offer information about US training of the Ukrainian military.
Highlighting an issue that Russia could exploit, Gabrielian offered medical information about a spouse of a person working at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), the indictment says, adding that Henry provided medical data related to five patients.
Henry, who allegedly tried to volunteer to fight for Russia against Ukraine, but was rejected because he didn’t have combat experience, offered the undercover agent his help until the US actually declares war against Russia, after which he’d have some ethical issues to work through.
When he expressed concerns about violating HIPPA, Gabrielian allegedly told Henry not to be a ‘coward’.