US Army doctor and anesthesiologist accused of conspiring to provide US military records to the Russian government



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

Anna Gabrielian, an anesthesiologist practicing in Baltimore, along with her husband, Jamie Lee Henry, a U.S. Army major and physician, allegedly provided “individually identifiable health information” protected under federal law to an FBI -undercover agent who pretended to be 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 was contacted by the undercover agent — who claimed to be employed by the Russian Embassy — in August, after Gabrielian had contacted the Russian Embassy several months earlier to offer her and her husband’s assistance to the Russian government. .

CNN contacts the defendants. No lawyers are listed in the court records. The Department of Justice did not respond to a request for comment.

During a meeting with the undercover agent at a Baltimore hotel, Gabrielian said she was “motivated by patriotism toward Russia” and wanted to provide assistance, even if it meant risking prison time, according to the indictment. She also reportedly told the undercover agent that her husband could provide information about how the US military sets up hospitals during wartime and about training given to the Ukrainian military, warning that any information they pulled would be “massively important ” because of the risk of being exposed.

In a separate meeting, Henry claimed to have “explored volunteering to join the Russian army after the conflict in Ukraine began,” but did not have the necessary combat experience, according to the indictment. Henry has a “Secret” level security clearance, the indictment said.

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

Henry, the indictment says, gave the undercover agent during an August meeting the health records of a U.S. Army officer employed by the Department of Defense and the spouses of three Army veterans, two of whom have died. The indictment also alleges that Gabrielian conspired to provide medical information about “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 provided a cover story to the undercover agent to explain their communications, according to the indictment.

“I don’t want to end up in jail here with my kids 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 was concerned about violating HIPAA – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

She also recommended Henry read a book from the 1980s about how Russian spies were trained and recruited under the Soviet Union to prepare, according to the indictment.

“Because that’s the mentality of sacrificing everything,” Gabrielian reportedly told the undercover agent about recommending the book, “and loyalty in you from day one. It’s not something you walked away from.”

Henry told the undercover agent that if the United States were to declare war on Russia, “at that point I will have some ethical issues to work through,” according to the indictment.

This story has been updated with additional details.

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