US citizen indicted for attempting to sell spy list to Iraq

[JURIST] A federal grand jury in Indianapolis Indiana has indicted Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban on charges he tried to sell the names of US intelligence operatives in Iraq to Saddam Hussein's government. Charges outlined in the indictment include conspiracy, acting as a foreign agent without notification and violating the Iraqi sanctions in place before Saddam was deposed by the US-led military invasion two years ago. US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Susan Brooks [official profile] alleged that Shaaban attempted to rebroadcast pro-Iraqi propaganda in the US, and offered to pay Iraqis to act as human shields against coalition forces. Brooks claims Shaaban traveled to Iraq in 2002 and agreed to sell the names of US intelligence agents to the Iraqi government for $3 million. It is believed that Shaaban arrived in the US from Jordan and became a legal US citizen in 2000. Shaaban's trial is set for April 25. AP has more.

 

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