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Ex-US intelligence officer charged in Iran espionage case

AP  |  Washington 

A former specialist who defected to has been charged with revealing classified information as well as research about her former colleagues to representatives of the government, prosecutors said Wednesday.

A Justice Department indictment charges Monica Elfriede Witt, who defected in 2013 and is currently at-large, along with four Iranian hackers who, prosecutors say, used the information she provided to target former colleagues in the community.

The indictment says the four Iranians were acting on behalf of the government-linked All four remain at large.

"It is a sad day for American when one of its citizens betrays our country," said John Demers, the of the Justice Department's national security division.

Jay Tabb, the FBI's top national security official, said the FBI had warned Witt before her defection that she was a vulnerable target for recruitment by but that Witt had ignored those warnings.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 22:35 IST