FBI Sting finds two doctors indicted for trying to pass military medical information to Russia

Today we learned of an FBI counterintelligence success with the unveiling of the indictment of Dr. Anna Gabrielian, anesthetist at Johns Hopkins, and Major Jamie Lee Henry, U.S. Army, Fort Bragg, North Carolina Nord, who accused them of trying to provide medical information. on US servicemen in the Russian Federation.

Gabrielian, according to the unsealed indictment, had contacted the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. directly by email and telephone to offer her and her husband Henry’s services to the Federation of Russia after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Gabrielian is an Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Instructor at Johns Hopkins and is fluent in English and Russian. Henry was a physician assigned as a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg. He also held a national security clearance at the secret level. His Twitter feed then shows her that she is not a fan of US policy regarding Ukraine.

Interestingly, in a bizarre way, Gabrielian had Henry read “Inside the Aquarium: The making of a top Soviet Spy” to put Henry’s head in the right place to commit treason. Victor Suvorov’s book details his life as a military intelligence officer.

The Offer of Treason

Some time after the invasion of Ukraine, Gabrielian contacted the Russian Embassy by email and telephone. The FBI learned of the offer to voluntarily provide medical information on military personnel and, after an appropriate period, determined that the Russians were not going to follow through on what they no doubt considered a provocation. This opened a window of opportunity to determine what Gabrielian had to offer the Russians.

The FBI Sting

The FBI hatched their counterintelligence sting, a capability that has been on display in several recent cases (Navy nuclear scientist for example), and orchestrated an approach from Gabrielian.

On August 17, an FBI undercover special agent (UC) approached Gabrielian, introduced herself by name, and told Gabrielian she was there to talk about the offer that had been made a few months prior. UC was asked if she was from the Russian embassy she said she was at. And with that exchange, Gabrielian thought she was dealing with a Russian intelligence officer, and the hook was ready for the sting operation that followed.

Break the trust

Gabrielian told UC that she was “motivated by patriotism towards Russia to provide Russia with whatever help she could, even if it meant getting fired or going to jail.” I doubt she wants to be so prophetic.

She had pondered some aspects of her misdeeds, as in that same initial meeting, Gabrielian focused on blankets to provide plausible deniability in case the U.S. government caught wind of their subterfuge. She explained that Henry, a major in the US Army, had access to information about how the US established military hospitals under wartime conditions and how the US trained personnel. Ukrainian military.

Later that evening around 2020 hours on August 17, UC, Gabrielian, and now also with Henry, met in the UC hotel room. Henry told UC how he was motivated to help Russia and was ready to volunteer for service in the Russian military. Henry is quoted as saying, “the way I see what’s happening in Ukraine now is that the United States is using Ukrainians as a proxy for their hatred of Russia.” The couple then offered UC “private US military and Johns Hopkins medical records to help the Russian government.”

Henry understood that she was not only breaking trust regarding the preservation of medical confidentiality, but also with her country and her oath of confidentiality. Henry told UC, “My view is that until the United States declares war on Russia, I am able to help as much as I want. At that point, I will have ethical issues to deal with. Gabrielian said: “You will solve these ethical problems”

The next meeting was on August 24, where Gabrielian told UC that Henry was a “coward” with concerns about violating HIPAA, which she didn’t mind at all, as she was violating HIPAA. “HIPAA all the time”.

During the meetings that followed, the UC received a plethora of information that Gabrielian and Henry believed was going to the Russian Federation, but should never have been shared. These included health information regarding:

  • The wife of an Office of Naval Intelligence employee, and uncovered information (orders) that Gabrielian claimed was actionable by the Russian government.
  • USAF Veteran
  • retired army officer
  • Ministry of Defense employee
  • Spouse of a U.S. Army veteran;
  • Spouse of a deceased US Army veteran.

The DOJ advises, “If convicted, defendants face a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for the conspiracy, and a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for each count.”