Army Major and Doctor Wife Charged in Plot to Give U.S. Military Medical Info to Russians to Help in War Against Ukraine

A U.S. Army major doctor and their physician wife were arrested for an alleged criminal plot to give Russia confidential medical information about people connected to the American military and government.

The couple, 39-year-old Maj. Jamie Lee Henry, and anesthesiologist Anna Gabrielian, 36, aimed to help Russia in its ongoing war against Ukraine, according to federal prosecutors.

The Rockville, Maryland, couple believed they were passing medical information to a Russian Embassy employee, according to an eight-count indictment unsealed Thursday in Baltimore federal court. But in reality, the recipient of the confidential material was an undercover FBI agent.

The information related to a handful of patients at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where Henry was a staff internist, and at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where Gabrielian works, the indictment said.

The indictment accuses the couple of giving the purported embassy worker that information to demonstrate their level of access to such material about “U.S. personnel” and to show “the potential for the Russian government to gain insights into the medical conditions of individuals associated with the U.S. government and military, to exploit this information.”

That complaint charges the couple with conspiracy and wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information.

Henry had secret-level security clearance while working at Fort Bragg, the largest military post in the U.S. Fort Bragg is the home of the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps, the headquarters of the Army’s Special Operations Command and the Womack Army Medical Center.

Henry in 2015 was reported to be the first known active-duty Army officer to come out as transgender.

Gabrielian speaks both English and Russian, according to the webpage of Johns Hopkins.

Both defendants appeared Thursday in federal court in Baltimore.

Magistrate Judge Brendan Hurston ordered Gabrielian released on an unsecured $500,000 bond into home detention, with electronic monitoring, while Henry was released without bond into home detention and electronic monitoring.

Henry’s lawyer, David Walsh-Little, declined to comment on the case beyond confirming the details of his client’s appearance in court. Teresa Whalen, a lawyer for Gabrielian, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The indictment said an FBI agent posing as a Russian Embassy employee in mid-August approached Gabrielian and asked her about the assistance she had offered to the embassy several months earlier via phone and email.

Gabrielian agreed to meet the agent in a Baltimore hotel room on Aug. 17, the indictment says.

Later that same day, she called the agent “to reaffirm” the couple “were committed to helping Russia,” the indictment alleges.

During the meeting, Gabrielian told the FBI agent “she was motivated by patriotism toward Russia to provide any assistance she could to Russia, even if it meant being fired or going to jail,” the indictment says.

The charging document says the couple allegedly discussed with the agent the need for them “to maintain ‘plausible deniability’ regarding their interactions.”

“Gabrielian suggested a cover story for their interactions, and a plan for Gabrielian and Henry’s children [to] flee the U.S. quickly if Gabrielian and Henry were told to act in a way that could expose their communications and actions to the U.S. government,” the indictment says.

Gabrielian allegedly told the agent that Henry “was currently a more important source for Russia than she was, since Henry had more helpful information, including on how the U.S. military establishes an army hospital in war conditions, and about previous training the U.S. military provided to Ukrainian military personnel.”

When Gabrielian and Henry jointly met with the agent at the hotel on the night of Aug. 17, the indictment said, “Henry explained to the [undercover agent that they were] committed to assisting Russia, and he had looked into volunteering to join the Russian Army after the conflict in Ukraine began, but Russia wanted people with ‘combat experience,’ and he did not have any.”


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