The indictment suggests that Witt defected for ideological motives, and it quotes emails between Witt and an Iranian agent, referred to as Individual A, prior to her defection.
"She chose to turn against the United States and shift her loyalty to the government of Iran", Tabb said.
Once in Tehran, Iranian authorities provided her with housing and computer equipment, the indictment alleges, and she began work on behalf of Iran. The connections she made at that event with dual Iranian-American citizens enabled her to defect the following year.
The indictment claims Witt not only revealed to Iranian officials the existence of highly-classified intelligence programs, but also provided them with the true identity of at least one American intelligence officer. Shortly after joining the military, Witt studied Farsi at the U.S. Defense Language Institute in California before deploying overseas for four years to conduct classified missions collecting signals intelligence.
Authorities said Ms. Witt's activities caused "serious damage" to USA intelligence activities.
Billing itself as an "anti-imperialist, anti-Zionist" think tank, New Horizon organized conferences in Iran that cast a critical eye on USA and Israeli policy worldwide and stoked accusations of anti-Semitism from Western critics. She also conducted multiple searches for her former fellow agents using Facebook accounts registered under fake names.
The hackers, using imposter Facebook personas, then targeted those same officials and were even able at one point to join a private Facebook group composed primarily of retired government workers, the indictment says. American officials say the conferences, which promote Holocaust denial and conspiracy theories, serve as a platform for Iran to recruit and collect intelligence.
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Witt's actions, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, put the life of the officer whose identity she revealed at risk.
On the conference's opening day, Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani gave a speech in which he called for regime change in Iran. Iran's nuclear program was the target of the U.S. It said she replied: "Well, I loved the work, and I am endeavoring to put the training I received to good use instead of evil".
She attended the same conference the following year and was hired by an unnamed individual to assist in the filming of an anti-American propaganda commercial.
"On or about July 3, 2013, Witt wrote Individual A, 'I think I can slip into Russian Federation quietly if they help me and then I can contact WikiLeaks from there without disclosing my location", the indictment said.
In June 2013, she wrote Individual A, "If all else fails, I just may go public with a program and do like Snowden" with a smiley face - a reference to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. She is now at-large, along with four Iranian hackers who, prosecutors say, used the information she provided to target her former colleagues in the USA intelligence community.
She also conducted online research, including on Facebook, to create information "packages" on her former colleagues in the USA intelligence community.