Army’s First Transgender Officer, Wife Indicted for Allegedly Trying to Leak Soldiers’ Medical Info to Russia
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
A federal grand jury in Baltimore, MD, indicted Major Jamie Lee Henry, the Army’s first openly transgender officer, and his wife Dr. Anna Gabrielian for allegedly trying to leak soldiers’ confidential medical information to Russia.
Gabrielian is an anesthesiologist, while Henry works “as a doctor at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.” His position gave him secret security clearance.
The DOJ charged Gabrielian and Henry with conspiracy and seven counts of disclosure of individually identifiable health information.
The conspiracy, as stated in the indictment:
From in or around August 17, 2022. through the present, in the District of Maryland and elsewhere, the defendants, ANNA GABRIELIAN and JAMIE LEE HENRY, did knowingly and unlawfully combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with each other to commit offenses against the United States, that is, to knowingly obtain and disclose IIHI [individually identifiable health information] maintained by a covered entity to another person, without patient authorization and for a reason other than permitted by HIPAA and its regulations, in violation of42 U.S.C. § 1320d-6(a), with intent to transfer IIHI for malicious harm, in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1320d-6 (b)(3).
The federal government caught Gabrielian and Henry when they thought they passed the information to a Russian official. The person was an undercover FBI agent.
The indictment claimed Gabrielian and Henry met with the undercover agent numerous times.
The undercover agent approached Gabrielian around August 17 “about the assistance she offered a couple months ago”:
GABRIELIAN then told the UC that she had previously reached out directly to the Russian Embassy by email and phone, offering Russia her and her husband HENRY‘s assistance. GABRIELIAN also told the UC that although HENRY knew she was reaching out to the Russian Embassy on both their behalf, GABRIELIAN had never mentioned HENRY‘s name in her interactions with the Russian Embassy, and HENRY could claim he was unaware of her actions if needed.
Henry met the agent with Gabrielian later in the evening on August 17. Henry expressed his desire to join the Russian Army but could not do it since the country wanted people with combat experience.
Henry said his aspiration came from America “using Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred for Russia.”
Gabrielian detailed how the two of them could help Russia even though Henry voiced concerns “about passing a background check for his security clearance” and “ethical issues” he had “to work through”:
j- During that same meeting in the hotel room on August 17, 2022, GABRIELIAN instructed the UC on how she and HENRY could be most useful to Russia. Referring to herself and HENRY. GABRIELIAN stated:
If you have a useful long-term weapon, that can be used for years. If you use it for something that’s not tactically advantageous, you’ve lost it for nothing. So if [HENRY] can’t practice medicine, can’t be in the National Guard, you’ve lost an Anny doctor. If I have to look somebody up, and I do look somebody up, you’ve lost a link to [my employer] to establish those medical connections. It has to be something massively important, not just check if this person has polyps.
k. At another point during the meeting on August 17, 2022, HENRY and GABRIELIAN offered to provide the UC with private medical records from the U.S. Anny and Medical Institution 1 in order to help the Russian government.
Gabrielian showed her inner Lady Macbeth as the meeting went on. She explained how she made Henry read the book Inside the Aquarium, “which describes the recruitment and training of a Soviet-era Russian spy.”
“Because it’s the mentality of sacrificing everything…and loyalty in you from day one. That’s not something you walked away from,” she allegedly told the agent.
Gabrielian also snapped at Henry, telling him he would “work through those ethical issues” he worried about when accessing the medical records.
Then, on August 24, Gabrielian unleashed her complete inner Lady Macbeth:
q- On August 24, 2022, GABRIELIAN and the UC met at a hotel room in Baltimore, Maryland. During that meeting, GABRIELIAN stated that although HENRY was a “coward,” and concerned about violating HIPAA by providing records to the UC, GABRIELIAN had no such concerns and violated HIPAA “all the time.” GABRIELIAN further told the UC she would check with HENRY about providing medical records from Fort Bragg patients and get back in touch.
Gabrielian and Henry met with the UC on August 30 at a hotel in Gaithersburg, MD. Henry gave the agent information “related to at least five individuals who were patients at Fort Bragg.”
Henry entered the public eye in 2015, becoming the first openly transgender active-duty Army officer. He told Buzzfeed News, “My story is not unique.”
Henry and Gabrielian married in 2015. They have two children.
The neighbors said the couple “generally kept to themselves.” They rarely saw Henry since he worked in North Carolina. They mostly saw the kids with Gabrielian’s mother.
The Baltimore Banner also revealed the neighborhood has connections to Russia: “Russian-born neighbor Sergey Pinchuk said he would sometimes speak with Gabrielian about his ailing dog’s health in Russian.”DONATE
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