Feds: Army Medical Officer Tried To Pass Fort Bragg Medical Records To Russians

An army military doctor faces charges of conspiring to turn over the personal medical records of high-ranking American soldiers at Fort Bragg and those of other government employees to Russian spies.

Major Jamie Henry and his wife, an anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, were arrested on Thursday September 29 on an unsealed indictment by US Magistrate Judge Brendan Abell Hurson.

Henry, who was identified in court documents as male despite Henry’s 2015 disclosure of being a transgender woman, and his wife, Dr Anna Gabrielian, were released on Thursday after their first court appearance. Both are required to wear tracking devices.

The indictment revealed on Thursday, September 29, 2022 accuses US Army Major Jamie Henry and his wife, Dr Anna Gabrielian – an anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital – of attempting to give personal health records from high-ranking American soldiers at Fort Bragg and those of other government employees to Russian spies. Photo by the US Air Force.

Henry held a secret-level security clearance and was a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg, home of the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps, home of U.S. Army Special Operations Command and Army Medical Center by Womack.

The indictment alleges the couple met an informant they believed to be a member of Russian Embassy staff on August 17 and began plotting to turn over medical records to which Henry had access as part of his work.

The court documents include a transcribed conversation in which Gabrielian indicated that the couple hoped to give the Russians “a long-term weapon” and help them in their war in Ukraine.

“If you have a long-term weapon that can be used for years,” Gabrielian said. “If you use it for something that isn’t tactically advantageous, you’ve lost it for nothing. So if [Henry] You can’t practice medicine, you can’t be in the National Guard, you lost an army doctor. If I have to look for someone and I’m looking for someone, you lost a link to [my employer] to establish these medical links. It must be something extremely important, not just checking to see if that person has polyps.

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A sign near the entrance gate to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. US Army photo.

From Aug. 17 until their Thursday arrest, the pair conspired to provide patient records held by the U.S. military and Medical Institution 1. Gabrielian reportedly offered a cover story that explained their interactions with who they believed to be a member. from the Russian embassy and a plan to allow their children “to have a good flight to Turkey to go on vacation because I don’t want to end up in prison here with my children held hostage above my head “.

U.S. Attorney Aaron Simcha Jon Zelinsky said he could not speak to the media, and his public affairs contact, Marcia Lubin, said his office would not comment on an active case.

Gabrielian and Henry’s phone numbers went unanswered and their attorney, David Walsh-Little, did not respond to Coffee or Die Magazinerequest for comments.

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Black smoke rises from a military airport in Chuguyev near Kharkiv on February 24, 2022. Major Jamie Henry and his wife Dr Anna Gabrielian said they wanted to help Russia in any way necessary. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images.

Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images.

Kim Hoppe, vice president of communications at Johns Hopkins Medicine, issued a statement saying, “We were shocked to learn of this news on Thursday and intend to cooperate fully with investigators.”

Hoppe confirmed that Gabrielian has been on staff since 2019 and has been on leave since Thursday. She also clarified that Henry had never been employed by Johns Hopkins.

According to the indictment filed in the Maryland District Court, Gabrielian first attempted to contact the Russian Embassy by email and phone to offer individually identifiable health information about military and government employees. in order to exploit them.

An undercover FBI agent approached Gabrielian several months later and identified himself as a representative sent by the Russian Embassy. During each encounter with the undercover agent, Gabrielian never mentioned his wife’s name in order to give Henry “plausible deniability”, should the U.S. government learn of their plot.

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Major Jamie Henry announced in 2015 that she was the first active duty transgender soldier. Henry held a secret-level security clearance and was a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg, home of the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps, headquarters of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and the Army Medical Center. army of Womack. Photo by Womack Army Medical Center.

Photo by Womack Army Medical Center.

When Henry finally met the informant, she reportedly said that until the United States declares war on Russia, she can help Russia as much as she wants.

“At that time. I will have ethical issues to work out,” Henry said, to which Gabrielian reportedly replied, “You will work out those ethical issues.

According to the indictment, Gabrielian met the undercover officer at a hotel on August 24 in Baltimore, Maryland. During the meeting, she called Henry a “coward” for being nervous about disclosing information protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA. Gabrielian also said she has no problem violating HIPPA and does it “all the time.”

On August 31, the two met with the undercover agent at a hotel in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Gabrielian handed over information about the spouse of a current Office of Naval Intelligence employee and another person identified only as an employee of the United States Air Force.

Henry also provided several files containing information about a retired Army officer, a current Department of Defense employee, the spouse of a U.S. Army veteran, and two spouses of different deceased veterans of the US military, according to the indictment.

Gabrielian told the undercover agent that she was motivated by her dedicated patriotism for Russia, even if it meant losing her job or going to jail.

If convicted, Gabrielian and Henry face a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for conspiracy, and a maximum of 10 years in federal prison on each count of disclosing individually identifiable medical information. According to a US Attorney’s Office Press Releasesentences for federal crimes are generally lower than the maximum sentences.

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