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US charges woman 'spy for Saddam'
A court drawing of Susan Lindhauer's appearance at court in Baltimore
Ms Lindauer says she is innocent of the spy charges
An American woman has appeared in court on charges she acted as a spy for Iraq while Saddam Hussein was in power.

Susan Lindauer, 41, of Takoma Park, Maryland, made no plea when she appeared before a court in Baltimore.

The former journalist and congressional aide is accused of conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.

She is also charged with taking money from the Iraqi government. If convicted she could face up to 25 years in jail.

After she was arrested, Ms Lindauer shouted to reporters: "I'm an anti-war activist and I'm innocent."

"I did more to stop terrorism in this country than anybody else. I have done good things for this country," she reportedly told WBAL-TV outside the Baltimore FBI office.

Allegations against Ms Lindauer contained in the indictment also include:

  • Accepting payments of around $10,000 (5,535) from Iraqi intelligence;

  • Making a series of visits between 1999 and 2002 to Iraq's United Nations mission in New York to meet agents;

  • Meeting intelligence officers during a visit to Baghdad in 2002;

  • Meeting an undercover FBI agent posing as a Libyan officer and discussing with him support for "resistance groups" in post-war Iraq.

Further cases

The White House says Ms Lindauer is a "distant relative" of Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

She is said to have worked for magazines such as US News and World Report before becoming a political spokesperson.

She reportedly worked for the then Democratic Representative Ron Wyden before joining the office of former Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley-Braun.

Publisher Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi
A publisher from Chicago was earlier convicted of spying for Iraq
A spokesman for Mr Wyden - now a senator - said she had worked for his office for a "short period of time".

Ms Moseley-Braun's spokesperson said the former senator did not remember Ms Lindauer.

The charges against Ms Lindauer are included in a case against the two sons of a former Iraqi diplomat.

Wisam Noman al-Anbuke and Raed Roman al-Anbuke were charged last year with passing information to Iraqi intelligence about Iraqi dissidents living in the US.

US authorities believe the Iraq Intelligence Service was involved in trying to locate, intimidate and kill Iraqi defectors and dissidents, as well as terrorist operations including an attempted assassination of President George Bush senior.

In January the publisher of an Arabic-language newspaper in Chicago, Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi, was found guilty of conspiracy and acting as an unregistered agent of Iraq.

Mr Dumeisi - who is Palestinian-born - was accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents and contacting at least four Iraqi intelligence officers.

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