DOJ: Married Doctors Tried to Give Russia 'Helpful' Files

Anna Gabrielian, Jamie Lee Henry face charges of conspiracy, wrongful disclosure
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 30, 2022 12:15 AM CDT
DOJ: Married Doctors Tried to Give US Medical Files to Russia
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A Maryland anesthesiologist and her US Army doctor spouse have been charged with trying to help Russia in its war against Ukraine with medical records that they thought Moscow could exploit, the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland said Thursday. The records never made it to Moscow. But they were given to an undercover FBI agent who received information about patients, including at least five at Fort Bragg, the US Army base in North Carolina, federal authorities said. One of the patients was married to an employee of the Office of Naval Intelligence, the federal indictment said. The undercover agent was told that the spouse had a medical issue that Russia could use to its advantage.

Federal authorities identified the anesthesiologist as Anna Gabrielian, 36, of Rockville; the Hill reports she is employed by Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. She is married to Jamie Lee Henry, 39, who was a US Army major and internist at Fort Bragg. Gabrielian and Henry each face charges of conspiracy and wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information. The federal indictment does not describe what ties, if any, the couple has to Russia. But according to the indictment, Gabrielian told the agent she was "motivated by patriotism toward Russia to provide any assistance she could to Russia, even if it meant being fired or going to jail."

The undercover agent posed as someone from the Russian embassy and first approached Gabrielian in August, the indictment said. During their first meeting, Gabrielian said she had previously contacted the Russian Embassy by email and phone to offer her and Henry's assistance, reports the AP. According to the indictment, Gabrielian said Henry could provide information regarding how the US military establishes hospitals in war conditions as well as information about previous training the US provided to Ukraine.

Henry later met with the agent and claimed to have volunteered to join the Russian military after the invasion but was told the Russians only wanted people with combat experience, the indictment stated. Henry also said the US was using "Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred toward Russia." Gabrielian allegedly told the agent that if she was at risk of arrest, she wanted her and Henry's children to "have a nice flight to Turkey to go on vacation because I don’t want to end [up] in jail here with my kids being hostages over my head." Each faces a total of up to 15 years in prison if convicted, although federal sentences are typically less than the maximum, the US Attorney's Office in Maryland said.

(Read more Russia-Ukraine conflict stories.)

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