A local woman was charged with spying for Iraq and and soliciting assistance for resistance groups in postwar Iraq.
NEW YORK – An American citizen was arrested Thursday on charges she acted as an Iraqi spy before and after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, accepting $10,000 for her work, prosecutors said Thursday.
Susan Lindauer, 41, was arrested in her hometown of Takoma Park, Md., and was to appear in court later in the day in Baltimore, authorities in New York said.
She was accused of conspiring to act as a spy for the Iraqi Intelligence Service and with engaging in prohibited financial transactions involving the government of Iraq under dictator Saddam Hussein.
According to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Lindauer made multiple visits from October 1999 through March 2002 to the Iraqi Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan.
Who is Susan Lindauer? It turns out she’s a veteran Democratic press spokesperson. I have confirmed three Congressional jobs as well as an earlier stint as a reporter at U.S. News & World Report.
Her most recent work seems to be for Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL). Prior to that she worked for Rep. Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR). She was involved in the Lockerbie Trial as a hearsay witness, but given the indictment and the reading of background it is possible her involvement was a cover for spying or information selling.
The trail goes somewhat cold after Moseley-Braun, but given her extensive Hill work, it’s possible (maybe even likely) that she was involved on the Moseley-Braun presidential campaign and/or other liberal interest groups activities. After the Moseley-Braun campaign folded she may have moved on to one of the other remaining campaigns.
Update 2: Magically *grin* the Washington Post article and this AP story have added information about Lindauer’s past. It wasn’t in either this morning…
Update 3: InstaPundit has links to BigWig’s background research, as well as this Weekly Standard piece that places her in Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) office through 2002. Chuck Simmins and others at Rantburg have been doing legwork on the story all morning.