The U.S. Army’s first openly transgender officer was indicted on Thursday for attempting to share American soldiers’ sensitive medical information with the Russian government.
A Baltimore federal grand jury indicted Jamie Lee Henry along with his wife, Anna Gabrielian for conspiracy and wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable sensitive medical information to the Russian government. Federal prosecutors allege that the couple connected with an undercover FBI agent posing as a Russian diplomat and offered the undercover agent the medical information of U.S. Army’s Delta Force units.
Henry’s wife, Anna Gabrielian who is the Instructor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins told the undercover agent that “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,” as per her federal indictment.
She then went on to share the medical information of a U.S. military official spouse from the Naval Intelligence office and shared details of the medical condition of that patient that the Russian government could potentially exploit.
Henry, who was then working as a doctor at Fort Bragg, went on to share more information about up to five patients at the military facility with the undercover agent.
Henry was widely praised by the liberals in the transgender community and was celebrated and made a poster boy of many liberal publications. In 2015, he was the first known active-duty Army officer to come out as a transgender and the first to legally change their name while serving in the U.S. military.
He was very vocal about his experience of transitioning and did multiple media appearances at the time.
In a 2015 interview with Buzzfeed, Henry said:
“I find my trans experience has allowed me to relate to people, because all of us suffer, and I could relate to people’s suffering. I’m able to comfort people that feel isolated and lost and alone and broken.”
In a very ironic style, he even complained about the lack of “medical privacy” for transgender people receiving transition care.
“I felt very vulnerable while being treated as a patient in the same hospital I worked as a physician. What made it worse was that, as a soldier, my medical records were not private, and when the question of mental illness came up, I felt stark naked,” Henry told Bright Young Things in 2015.
Federal prosecutors also allege that Henry told the undercover agent his aspirations to join the Russian military following the invasion of Ukraine but was rejected because of his lack of combat experience.
Henry and Gabrielian were married in 2015 and had all kinds of plans to sell sensitive U.S. information to the Russians. They had even planned an exit path for their children in case the couple was to get arrested. They expressed to the undercover agent that they wish their kids can have a “nice flight to Turkey to go on vacation because I don’t want to end in jail here with my kids being hostages over my head.”
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