An army doctor and his anesthesiologist wife have been charged with conspiring to give Russia medical information to help theirthe Justice Department announced Thursday.
Maj. Jamie Lee Henry, a doctor at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and his wife Anna Gabrielian, an anesthesiologist in Maryland, told an undercover FBI agent in August that they would provide medical information to the Russian government, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. .
The Justice Department indictment refers to Henry as male, but in 2015, BuzzFeed News reported that Henry became the nation’s first known transgender active-duty U.S. Army officer, after the Army granted his request to change his name and gender.
Henry and Gabrielian met with an individual they believed to be associated with the Russian government but was actually an undercover agent, the indictment says. The couple allegedly told the agent that they could pass the medical records of US military personnel, military family members and others to Russia.
Later, in a hotel meeting, Gabrielian allegedly provided the agent with medical information on two people: the wife of an Office of Naval Intelligence employee and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Gabrielian pointed out a medical problem in the first record Russia could exploit, the Justice Department said.
Henry provided the information of at least five people who were patients at Fort Bragg and were military veterans or related to military veterans, according to the indictment.
Henry and Gabrielian allegedly told the agent that they were committed to helping Russia.
The indictment says that Gabrielian approached the Russian embassy to offer help, and that Henry allegedly even tried to join the Russian military after the invasion began, but was told that Russia only wanted people who had combat experience, of which Henry lacks.
Henry was more hesitant to break the law that limits health care providers from sharing confidential medical records, but Gabrielian said he broke the law “all the time,” the Justice Department said.
According to the indictment, Gabrielian told the agent that Henry was a more valuable source to Russia because Henry had information about how the US military sets up military hospitals in wartime conditions and about previous training the US military had provided to Ukrainian personnel.
A US military service record provided to CBS News verified that Henry is currently assigned to Fort Bragg, NC, as a staff intern with the rank of major and has no combat deployments.
The indictment says Henry has a Secret-level security clearance, which allows access to information the disclosure of which could cause serious harm to national security.
During their first meeting in a hotel room, the Justice Department said Gabrielian told the agent that if anything happened to her and Henry, she wanted her children to “have a good flight to Turkey to go on vacation because I don’t want to end up in jail here with my children as hostages over my head.
Gabrielian and Henry were expected to make their first court appearances on Thursday.