Army doctor, wife charged with conspiring to give US military medical records to Russia
His wife reached out to the Russian embassy earlier this year to offer her and her husband's help, court documents show.
U.S. Army Maj. Dr. Jamie Lee Henry and his wife, anesthesiologist Anna Gabrielian, were arrested Thursday and charged with conspiring to give the Russian government personal U.S. military and governmental medical records.
The Maryland couple allegedly gave "individually identifiable health information" to an undercover FBI agent who was posing as an employee of the Kremlin, the Justice Department said.
The undercover agent, disguised as a Russian embassy employee, contacted Gabrielian, 36, in August after she had reached out to the Russian embassy several months earlier to offer her and her husband's help, according to the indictment. Henry, 39, had a "Secret" level security clearance.
He allegedly expressed frustration over Russia's war with Ukraine during a meeting with the undercover agent.
"The way I am viewing what is going on in Ukraine now, the United States is using Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred toward Russia," Henry said, according to court documents. In the same meeting, Henry said he "had looked into volunteering to join the Russian Army" but lacked the combat experience to do so.
"My point of view is until the United States actually declares war against Russia, I'm able to help as much as I want," Henry allegedly said.
Also at that meeting, Gabrielian demanded that if she were at risk of being arrested, her and Henry's children needed to "have a nice flight to Turkey to go on vacation because I don't want to end in jail here with my kids being hostages over my head."
Gabrielian called her husband a "coward" according to the indictment, and said he feared violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
The U.S. Attorney's office in the District of Maryland said Gabrielian and Henry were arrested Thursday morning.