A US Intelligence Defector to Iran in 2013: Dealing with Dire Consequences

By Ed Timperlake

Monica Elfried Witt served in the USAF, first flying classified missions and then served in the US Counterintelligence community.

She defected to Iran in 2013.

As an Iranian intelligence asset, she is dangerous on many levels.

And of course, that detection came at a time when talks were going on between the United States and Iran.

But we are only now learning of the defection.

Six years after her criminal event we now learn of one of the nastiest betrayals the United States and to those who serve.

US Charges Former Air Force Officer With Spying for Iran

Witt, who defected to Iran in 2013, is also accused of helping Iranian hackers working for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) target at least eight U.S. intelligence officers who interacted or worked with Witt while she was an Air Force intelligence specialist.

Defector Witt was not a USAF Officer, as many press reports state, she was an enlisted Tech Sargent (E-6) who according to the USAF received, the Air Medal, and three Aerial Achievement Medals for riding in the back of a classified aircraft surveillance program theRC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft.

She defected in 2013 which was the year the Obama Administration began to cut a deal with Iran worth many billions of dollars.

President Trump correctly stated that the deal was “decaying and rotten.”

America just did not know how rotten it really was from the get go:

March 2013 The US begins a series of secret talks with Iranian officials, which are kept from its partners in the P5+1. (UN Security Council China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; plus Germany). 

 But first it is important to identify all the American leaders who covered up Witt’s 2013 defection to Iran.

This is the cast of characters  that allowed many American lives to now be put at risk:

Director of FBI 2013 –James Comey

Attorney General of the United States 2013– Eric Holder

Director of National Intelligence 2013-James Clapper

Director CIA –John Brennan

National Security Advisor to President 2013 Susan Rice

Deputy National Security Advisor NSC 2013-Ben Rhodes

Senior Advisor to President Obama 2013 Valerie Jarrett

Vice-President of the United States Joe Biden

President of United States Barack Obama

USAF Defector to Iran in 2013-Monica Elfriede Witt

My last mission while serving as the DOD representative to the National Counterintelligence Executive Committee in late 2008 was to visit the FBI Miami Field Office where they had two Special gents tracking Iranian activity targeting America from the south.

The Miami FBI Field Office was just one of many in those days concerned about Iranian agents and is illustrative of the important work done in the field, while it turned out that the betrayal was occurring at the top in DC.

The two FBI Special Agents in Miami, who were former USAF Intel Officers, were brilliant at their work in following the actions of Iranian assets in the US.

This is because the FBI well remembered that in addition to sending in collectors i.e. spies, the Iranian Intelligence Services had initiated a murder on our soil against a perceived enemy of Iran:

A major Iranian critic of Ruhollah Khomeini, Tabatabaei was shot on 22 July 1980 on the front door of his Bethesda, Maryland home by Dawud Salahuddin, an American Muslim convert who was associated with an Iranian militant group.

Salahuddin stated he was paid $5,000 by Iranians to kill Tabatabaei.

He is currently on the FBI fugitives list. He escaped to Iran via Paris and Geneva, reaching Tehran on 31 July 1980.

In a 1996 interview with ABC‘s 20/20, Salahuddin again confessed to killing Tabatabaei.

He further stated that he thought the killing was “an act of war

Not only can Witt reveal “Rivet Joint” capabilities but as reported has been engaging with Iranian hackers to identify specific individuals for targeting.

Computer phishing games in a time of increasing tension are horrible by itself.

But to assist a country that offers bounties on killing enemies of Iran during as acts of war is beyond the pale.

The nasty perfidies of those in charge in 2013 should be forever remembered in American history if God forbid individuals identified by defector Witt are harmed.

It is an unforgiveable calculated dereliction of duty at the highest levels of the Obama Administration going right into the President’s Oval Office.