Former Air Force officer accused of spying for Iran

A former US Air Force intelligence officer is accused of spying for Iran as part of an operation that carried out cyber attacks, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

Monica Witt allegedly turned over classified information about US intelligence officers after defecting to Iran in 2013.

Witt was recruited after attending the Iranian New Horizon Organization’s “Hollywoodism” conference — an event sponsored by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps which prosecutors said was aimed at “condemning American moral standards and promoting anti-U.S. propaganda.”

She is accused in a Washington, DC indictment of conducting research about her intelligence colleagues and using that data to draft “target packages” against the them.

Witt served as a counterintelligence officer in the Air Force from 1997 until 2008 and worked as a contractor for the Defense Department for two years after that.

During her government career, she was granted high-level security clearances and “deployed overseas to conduct classified counterintelligence missions,” the DOJ said.

Four Iranian nationals were also charged in the same indictment for their alleged involvement in the cyber attacks.

Two Iran-based firms, New Horizon and Net Peygard Samavat Company, and several other people associated with the groups are facing sanctions.