Jamie Lee Henry, the first openly transgender Active Duty Army Officer, is facing major charges after allegedly attempting to leak US Army medical information to the Russian Government, along with wife Anna Gabrielian, a John Hopkins anesthesiologist.
Henry first came out in 2015 while serving as a Major in the US Army. While this would have ordinarily resulted in a discharge at the time, the US Army granted Henry's request.
According to a news release put out by the Justice Department:
“A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Anna Gabrielian, age 36, and her husband, Jamie Lee Henry, age 39, both of Rockville, Maryland, with conspiracy and for the disclosure of individually identifiable health information (“IIHI”), related to their efforts to assist Russia in connection with the conflict in Ukraine…
Gabrielian and Henry met with an individual they believed to be associated with the Russian government, but who was, in fact, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Undercover Agent (“UC”), in order to convey to the UC their commitment to aid Russia”
The Justice Department alleges, “Gabrielian and Henry conspired to cause harm to the United States by providing confidential health information of Americans associated with the United States government and military to Russia. ”
The details get even juicier. According to the Baltimore Banner, “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.”
Likewise, Henry informed the under, “My point of view is until the United States actually declares war against Russia, I’m able to help as much as I want. At that point, I’ll have some ethical issues I’ll have to work through.”
Henry provided medical information for five patients at Fort Braggs “including a retired Army officer, a current Department of Defense employee, and spouses of active and deceased Army veterans.”
The story is still developing, but the couple could face monumental charges if these allegations are true. Conspiring against the United States Government, especially during a tense war between Russia and Ukraine, tends to result in hefty penalties — penalties that amount to, according to the National Review, “five years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge, and a maximum of ten years in federal prison for each count of publishing secret military medical records.”