Escalation Against Iran Using a Proxy “Defector”
Events seem to be moving towards eventual confrontation with Iran as this news broke ex-Air Force member Monica Elfriede Witt, who it is being alleged defected to Iran. Witt has been indicted for espionage by the Department of Justice (DoJ). Was this timed for this story to be released on Iran’s 40th anniversary of its Islamic revolution? Why now when Witt was last spotted in Asia in 2013? It appears this is some sort of an elaborate intelligence operation to set Iran up with a dubious case of espionage.
Some reports refer to Witt as a “captain”, but she wasn’t an Air Force captain. Witt was enlisted. She was last stationed at Andrews Air Force Base but there is no record of how she actually defected to Iran. She allegedly separated from the Air Force in 2008 then went to work for the private intelligence company Booz Allen Hamilton. Where have we seen this intelligence operation before coming out of this company? Another Edward Snowden type of operation. Later Witt was with an outfit in Virginia known as Chenega Federal Systems. Look at this FBI wanted poster carefully. Is that the same woman in all three images? Witt was convicted by a grand jury in the United States District Court, District of Columbia in an unsealed indictment on February 13, 2019.
Depending on what news source is referenced regarding Monica Witt, she has been accused of everything from “helping Tehran carry out cyberattacks on her colleagues”, “spying on American intelligence officers”, “revealing classified information” to “sharing research on her former colleagues”. These are fairly specious accusations but nothing definitive that would indicate a seriously grave threat to US national security. Witt also had a pretty remarkable Air Force career for being enlisted for only eleven years. She also apparently had a masters degree from George Washington University in 2012.
The Justice Department alleges that between January 2012 and May 2015, Witt worked with individuals, including members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, “to knowingly and unlawfully communicate, deliver, and transmit to a foreign government, specifically Iran, and to that foreign government’s representatives, officers, and agents, directly and indirectly, documents and information relating to the national defense of the United States, with the intent and reason to believe that the same would be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of Iran,” according to the court documents.
On Iran’s 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution just after John Bolton makes his case against Iran, claiming it has been “40 years of terrorizing its own people and terrorizing the whole world”, the defection to Iran of Monica Elfriede Witt suddenly comes careening into all the major media outlets each with its own sophisticated spin.
The most serious offense seems to be “attempting to load malware into US computer systems” along with four Iranians allegedly working with Witt in Iran. Time claims that Iran has “hackers and cyberspies that are among the best in the world comparable to Russians and Chinese“, but notice not comparable to Israelis.
That’s right Time, just leave Israel out of the picture here all together as Israel is a stone’s throw from Iran. Just as Israel is not discussed participating in the destruction of Yemen. Israel is working with other Arab countries to build a Judeo-Sunni alliance against Iran using the canard Iran is building nuclear weapons and are two years away from deploying. Wasn’t the Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran the “largest sponsored hacking campaign” in recent history?
Hackers and cyberspies linked to Iran’s government are known to be among the best in the world, on par with those from countries like Russia and China. In March, the Trump administration indicted members of an Iranian hacking group responsible for “one of the largest state-sponsored hacking campaigns” the Justice Department has ever prosecuted.
This paragraph from an article at heavy.com sums up this case fairly well reading between the lines as the US Treasury increased sanctions against Iran just as this “espionage” case appeared:
“Treasury is taking action against malicious Iranian cyber actors and covert operations that have targeted Americans at home and overseas as part of our ongoing efforts to counter the Iranian regime’s cyber-attacks,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “Treasury is sanctioning New Horizon Organization for its support to the IRGC-QF. New Horizon hosts international conferences that have provided Iranian intelligence officers a platform to recruit and collect damaging information from attendees, while propagating anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. We are also sanctioning an Iran-based company that has attempted to install malware to compromise the computers of U.S. personnel.”
Never mind the US-Israeli-created Stuxnet spyware got inside Iranian institutions including Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iran was also hit with a more violent cyberattack last October, 2018. If as is claimed “Israel rules cybersecurity” (in as much as VICE is credible), how is it the Iranians can be such a significant threat as we are being led to think? Of course, Iranians are not allowed to defend themselves in the western media.
Here is Pence going to work on Iran warning the EU it “must withdraw from the Iran deal” using the usual “regime change” language. Pence of course, works for Israel and Benjamin Netenyahu with Benjamin Netanyahu saying to Pence at their meeting at the Holocaust Museum in Warsaw: “Mike, from the first day I met you, I knew you were a true friend of Israel.” Maybe this is a sign of what is coming for Israel after the plane Netanyahu was flying on back to Israel had a little mishap leaving the gate in Warsaw? The big gearing up has been set into motion to soften the world up to resistance to taking Iran down. And of course, where would Pence be in company with Benjamin Netenyahu in Warsaw if he didn’t mention Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s recent comments on AIPAC?
.@IlhanMN tweets were a disgrace & her apology was inadequate. Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress, much less the Foreign Affairs Committee. Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words.— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 13, 2019
Source: The Times of Israel
Ex-US intelligence officer charged in Iran espionage case
An indictment announced Wednesday accuses Air Force officer Monica Elfriede Witt of defecting to Iran in 2013 and helping Tehran carry out cyberattacks on her colleagues
By Agencies • 13 February 2019
WASHINGTON — A former US Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran has been charged with revealing classified information as well as research about her former colleagues to representatives of the Tehran government, prosecutors said Wednesday.
A Justice Department indictment charges Monica Elfriede Witt, who defected in 2013 and is currently at large, along with four Iranian hackers who, prosecutors say, used the information she provided to target at least eight former colleagues in the US intelligence community with cyberattacks in 2014 and 2015. They are suspected of attempting to introduce malware into the US officials’ computers.
The indictment says the four Iranians were acting on behalf of the government-linked Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. All four remain at large.
Please go to The Times of Israel to read the entire article.
There have been previous cases of Iranians arrested accused of conducting covert surveillance on Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States. These two Iranians have been accused of “collecting identifying information about American citizens and U.S. nationals who are members of the group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).” MEK is the organization John Bolton’s network has been working with to organize what some think is a “terrorist war” on Iran. It would be only logical to have Iranians inside the US to gain intelligence on any potential terrorist attacks on their country sponsored by MEK networks inside Iran.
These types of attacks on Iran are going to become even more frequent. Now that Israel and Saudi Arabia are working together in the region, and MEK was “de-listed as a terrorist organization” in 2012 even though it was operating freely in Washington before 2012, the US (Israel) will escalate tensions with Iran. MEK is a cult and like the rogue nation of America will always apply, by providing logistics including weapons to use MEK as a proxy to begin attacking Iran for Israel.
Source: Unz Review
Iranian Spying? or Neocon 9/11 Coverup?
Questioning the USG/NYT official story on Marzieh Hashemi, Monica Witt, New Horizon…and yours truly
Monica E. Witt, a former United States Air Force intelligence officer, is accused of espionage on behalf of Iran. Credit: FBI/EPA, via Shutterstock/New York Times
It wasn’t the first time I’ve been prominently libeled in The New York Times. Nor was it the worst.
Compared to Stanley Fish’s grotesquely mendacious 2006 op-ed trashing me for something I never did—advocating 9/11 truth in the classroom—Alan Blinder, Julie Turkewitz and Adam Goldman treated me fairly well on today’s Sunday NYT front page by calling me a “controversial scholar of Islam” while accurately reporting what I said about Monica Witt, the ex-Air Force officer accused of spying for Iran.
The arguably libelous part came in the previous paragraph. I was introduced as part of “a crowd filled with fringe academics, Holocaust deniers and the lover of the terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal” where “Ms. Witt at last found herself among people as critical of her country as she was.” This is an absurdly libelous description of attendees at the February 2013 Hollywoodism Conference, a rubric of the Tehran Film Festival that was not a New Horizon conference. Leaving aside the question of how a whole conference could be “filled by… the lover of the terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal” (Carlos liked really big women?) the bit about America-hating “fringe academics” and “Holocaust deniers” is seriously misleading.
Most of the US attendees might better be described as sincere American patriots. Former Senator Mike Gravel (D-Alaska), whom I personally recruited for the conference, is widely acknowledged as an all-American hero for his principled stance against the Vietnam war, his role in exposing the Pentagon Papers, and his courageous advocacy of 9/11 truth. Merlin Miller, a family values oriented filmmaker who once ran for president, is another all-American hero who attended the Hollywoodism Conference. Merlin Miller’s pro-American, anti-Zionist-Hollywood perspective is as patriotic as it gets. And then there was Culture Wars editor E. Michael Jones, another conservative American patriot who wants to take his country back. While all three all-American heroes are in varying degrees critical of Israel and its occupation of American politics and media, none could possibly be viewed as America haters.
The bit about “Holocaust denial” is also misleading. The Holocaust was not on the agenda, in any way, shape, or form, at the Hollywoodism conference, nor at any New Horizon Conference. The New York Times apparently chose to lob this gratuitous insult because a tiny handful of the hundreds of attendees at New Horizon conferences have published on this issue—an issue that in any event merits fearless discussion and debate, as readers of Ron Unz’s “Holocaust Denial” will discover.
The New York Times, echoing the US government’s indictment of Monica Witt and the Treasury Department’s sanctioning of New Horizon, offers a narrative almost entirely unsupported by any evidence. According to the official narrative, New Horizon and Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi are somehow responsible for Monica Witt’s decision to move to Iran and allegedly share secrets she learned in the Air Force. Leaving aside the questions of whether Monica Witt actually did move to Iran, and if so whether she shared any secrets, and if so whether those secrets were genuinely important, the cases against New Horizon and Marzieh Hashemi are obviously bogus.
Please go to Unz Review to read the entire article.