Suspect in Iraq Spy Case Released
Lindauer, a Takoma Park Antiwar Activist, to Be Arraigned Monday
By Susan Levine and Allan Lengel
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, March 13, 2004; Page B01
A former congressional staffer accused of aiding spies for Saddam Hussein before the U.S.-led war with Iraq was released from federal custody yesterday as some residents of Takoma Park, her home city, voiced differing reactions to the unique case, including puzzlement, anger and indifference.
Susan P. Lindauer, 40, a self-described antiwar activist who was a press aide to several Democratic members of Congress in the 1990s, appeared at a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and was released to the custody of her father. It was unclear where the two planned to go. But Lindauer, who the Justice Department said is the first U.S. citizen to be arrested on spy-related charges involving Iraq, is scheduled to appear for an arraignment Monday in U.S. District Court in New York.
She is charged with acting as an unregistered agent for a foreign government and other offenses -- but not espionage -- for allegedly maintaining an "intelligence relationship" with U.S.-based Iraqi spies before the war that toppled Hussein. As a result of the relationship, authorities allege, Lindauer delivered a letter in early January 2003 to the home of a second cousin, White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr., urging the Bush administration to delay military action against Iraq.