US Army doctor and anesthesiologist charged with conspiracy to provide US military medical records to Russian government



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A Maryland husband and wife have been charged with conspiring to provide the Russian government with personal U.S. government and military medical records, according to a newly unsealed federal indictment.

Anna Gabrielian, an anesthesiologist practicing in Baltimore, and her husband, Jamie Lee Henry, a US Army major and physician, allegedly provided “individually identifiable health information” to an undercover FBI agent protected by federal law. A Russian government employee.

Both Gabrielian and Henry were arrested Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Maryland.

According to the indictment, Gabrielian contacted the undercover agent – ​​who he said was a Russian embassy employee – in August, after Gabrielian contacted the Russian embassy months earlier to offer the Russian government help for her and her husband. .

CNN is reaching out to the defendants. No lawyer is listed in the court files. The Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment.

During a meeting with the undercover agent at a Baltimore hotel, according to the indictment, Gabrielian said he was motivated by “patriotism toward Russia” and wanted to help, even if it risked prison time. She also allegedly told the undercover agent that her husband could provide information on how the US military set up hospitals and training for the Ukrainian military in wartime, and warned that any information they elicited would have to be “highly important” because of the risk. of being exposed

In a separate meeting, Henry said he had “considered volunteering to join the Russian Army after the start of the conflict in Ukraine,” but lacked the necessary combat experience, according to the indictment. Henry has a “Secret” level security clearance, the indictment says.

Gabrielian and Henry both suggested that the undercover agent provide the medical information of members of the US military and their families from Fort Bragg, where Henry was stationed as an internist, as well as from the medical institution where Gabrielian worked in Baltimore. reports the complaint.

Henry, the indictment alleges, gave the undercover agent during an August meeting the spouses of a U.S. Navy officer, a Defense Department employee and three Navy veterans, two of whom were killed. The indictment also alleges that Gabrielian conspired to provide information to “the spouse of a government employee and military veteran.”

Gabrielian also made plans for her, her husband and their children to flee to Turkey and gave a story to the undercover agent to cover their communications, according to the indictment.

“I don’t want to end up here in jail with my kids held hostage over my head,” she allegedly told the undercover agent.

In another meeting, Gabrielian allegedly told the undercover agent that her husband was a “coward” and that she was concerned about violating HIPAA – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

He also advised Henry to read a book from the 1980s about how Russian spies were trained and recruited in the Soviet Union, according to the indictment.

“Because it’s the mentality of sacrificing everything,” Gabrielian is said to have told the undercover agent about recommending the book, “and loyalty to you from day one. That’s not something you walked away from.’

Henry told the undercover agent that if the U.S. declared war on Russia, “at that point, I’m going to have some ethical issues to deal with,” according to the indictment.

This story has been updated with additional details.