Thursday, March 11, 2004

Look what's under this rock!

Ex-Congressional Aide Charged With Spying
A former journalist and congressional press secretary 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 engaging in prohibited financial transactions involving the government of Iraq under dictator Saddam Hussein.

Lindauer worked at Fortune, U.S. News & World Report and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before beginning her career as a political publicist. She worked for then U.S. Rep. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., before joining the office of former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun as press secretary in 1996.
Moseley-Braun's current spokesperson, Loretta Kane, said the former senator does not remember Lindauer.
Ole Carol's always been a bit short in the memory department.
More than a half dozen FBI agents could be seen searching Lindauer's residence in Takoma Park, a city known for its liberal views. Her neighbors recalled her as friendly.
But Malvina Lacey, who lives next door to Lindauer, added, "She lives in a fantasy world."
Sounds like a perfect job description! The full indictment is at The Smoking Gun.

When this first broke, it was just "an American woman," but then the crew on FR went to work. Aside from being a member of a variety of leftoid "peace" organizations, Susie was most recently a spokesman for Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Outer Space) where she showed up spreading the good vibes to permit noncitizen security screeners to retain their jobs at San Francisco airport. She was also notable for trying to horn in on the Lockerbie terror bombing with a story that Libya didn't really do it.

Hey, she could always try the illegal war defense. Isn't that what John Kerry claimed when he lead the VVAW delegation to Paris to surrender to negotiate with the North Vietnamese?

UPDATE: Newsday/AP keeps updating the story at the first link so it has now picked up a lot of the background info. It also has some words from Brainiac:
"I'm an anti-war activist and I'm innocent," Lindauer told WBAL-TV as she was led to a car outside the Baltimore FBI office. "I did more to stop terrorism in this country than anybody else. I have done good things for this country. I worked to get weapons inspectors back to Iraq when everyone else said it was impossible. I'm very proud and I'll stand by my achievements."
See, I knew she would try the Kerry defense. My understanding is that hanging isn't on the table. Too bad.