Skip to comments.Saddam Spy Suspect Worked for House and Senate Democrats (NewsMax article)
Posted on 03/11/2004 5:10:46 PM PST by bogdanPolska12
Saddam Spy Suspect Worked for House and Senate Democrats
Talk about a triathlon: The Maryland woman charged today with spying for Saddam Hussein's dictatorship has also worked for congressional Democrats and the media establishment.
Susan Lindauer, scheduled to appear in court later today in Baltimore, launched her career as a political publicist. She worked, according to the Associated Press, for these Democrats:
· Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon in 1993.
· Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon in 1994, when he was a U.S. congressman.
· Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois as press secretary in 1996. Braun is best known lately for her doomed-from-the-start presidential campaign.
· Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California in early 2002.
She also had been employed by Fortune, U.S. News & World Report and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, AP said.
Lofgren said in a statement she was "shocked" to learn of the arrest.
"Ms. Lindauer served as press secretary in my Washington, D.C., office from March 11, 2002 until May 14, 2002. To my knowledge, this former employee had no access to sensitive information. Obviously, I had no reason to think that she was involved in this alleged activity. I have had no further contact with her since she left my employ. If there is any way I can assist with the investigation, I will happily do so," the statement said.
How Awful: 'Downsized' by a Democrat
Josh Kardon, chief of staff for Wyden, said: "Her position was eliminated in the downsizing following the 1994 elections. She worked for us a short period of time."
Braun's mouthpiece Loretta Kane insisted that the former senator did not remember Lindauer.
'Liberal Views' and 'Fantasy World'
"More than a half dozen FBI agents could be seen searching Lindauer's residence in Takoma Park, a city known for its liberal views," AP reported.
One neighbor in the Washington suburb, Joao Luiz Vieire de Castro, described Lindauer as "a regular American who walks her dog in the mornings and the afternoon."
"It's a big surprise. Who would think that it's [espionage] in your neighborhood?" said Dean Paris, 45, who sometimes greeted her on the street.
But Malvina Lacey, who lives next door to Lindauer, said, "She lives in a fantasy world."
Libyan Connection and 'Acid' in Her Car
The Washington Post reported today that, according to the indictment, Lindauer also met last year "with an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a representative of the Libyan intelligence service and was seeking to support resistance groups fighting U.S. forces in post-war Iraq. It said Lindauer discussed with the agent 'the need for plans and foreign resources to support these groups operating within Iraq.'"
While working for Rep. Wyden, she became embroiled in the debate over who carried out the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. Under pressure from the Bush administration, Libya's dictatorship has finally admitted its guilt.
The December 1998 issue of the online Middle East Intelligence Bulletin quoted Lindauer as claiming saying that that a former CIA agent had told her that the bombers were Syrian and that she had suffered because of her advocacy in the Lockerbie case.
"Someone put acid on the steering wheel of my car on a day I was supposed to drive to [New York City] for a meeting at the Libya House," the report quoted Lindauer as saying.
"I scrubbed my hands with a toilet brush, but my face was burned so badly that 3 weeks later friends worried I might be badly scarred. Also, my house was bugged with listening devices and cameras - little red laser lights in the shower vent. And I survived several assassination attempts."
CNN Doesn't Want You to Know
We checked out a tip sent by one reader and found that as of 1:50 p.m. EST, the story on CNN's Web site still failed to inform readers of Lindauer's ties to Democrats and Big Media.
Fox News Channel's Web site, of course, had the updated news.
At 3:45, CNN's site was still refusing to reveal Lindauer's Democrat background.
MSNBC's site had the update, attributed to AP, but included this curious paragraph: "She was accused of conspiring to act as a spy for the Iraqi Intelligence Service and of engaging in prohibited financial transactions involving the government of Iraq under President Sadism Hussein."
That's odd. Our AP story called the toppled tyrant "Saddam" throughout.
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Lindauer's father, John Lindauer, owned newspapers in Alaska and was the Republican nominee for governor there in 1998. He was defeated and later pleaded no contest to two charges stemming from campaign finance problems related to the campaign. He received a one-year suspended sentence, two years of probation and a $15,000 fine.
Susan Lindauer also is a distant cousin of White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, said White House press secretary Scott McClellan.
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 Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., in 1993 and Rep. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in 1994, before joining the office of former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun as press secretary in 1996. From March to May 2002, she worked for Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
And why does that not surprise me.Carol Moseley-Braun, the first female senator from Illinois, the first female African-American ever in the U.S. Senate, was a very busy lady during her reign!! doing her own bad things. Then being rewarded with the New Zealand Ambassadorship.
Congresswoman Lofgren, what did you know and when did you know she was a traitor?
Did you actually believe her when she told you that she was simply an "anti-war activist"?
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