Monica Witt – Iran Spy, Former Air Force Member
The FBI tried to warn Monica Witt while she was employed by the US Air Force that she was vulnerable to recruitment by Iranian operatives. She ignored the warning and defected to Iran in 2013. A Grand Jury indicted her on Feb 8, 2019 for espionage after she provided intelligence information about former colleagues to the Iranian government, according to the Air Force Times.
Witt, who was born in El Paso, Texas, joined the Air Force in 1997. She left the US Air Force in 2008 as a Technical Sergeant with several commendations and medals. She spoke Farsi. But loyalty did not exist in her world, and neither the flag she enlisted under nor the oath she took meant anything to her.
The BBC reported,
For the next seven months, she worked as a contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton in Maryland, consulting on “Iranian subject matter” and providing “language and cultural specialisation”.
From November 2008 to August 2010, she worked as a Middle East Desk Officer at another contractor, Chenega Federal Systems, in Virginia. During this role Ms Witt says she “supervised, controlled, and co-ordinated the execution of highly sensitive counterintelligence operations against foreign intelligence services worldwide”.
Later, from December 2010 to May 2011, Ms Witt worked in Washington with Amidest. During her time with the non-profit group, she “submitted applications for 60 Iraqi Fulbright candidates to multiple US universities”.
According to the indictment, she converted to Islam in 2012 in a televised ceremony aired on Iran TV. She wrote several anti-US articles, and attended an anti-US propaganda conference.
Witt has disappeared from this country, and was last seen in either Tajikistan or Afghanistan in 2013. She is accused in the indictment of disclosing highly classified information to Iranian officials that included details of her former colleagues and their informants. Why she would exchange freedom for totalitarian subjugation is beyond comprehension.
A warrant has been issued for her arrest.
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those in the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.” Marcus Tullius Cicero