A distant cousin of White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card was charged yesterday with working for the Iraqi Intelligence Service, reports Knight-Ridder Newspapers. Card turned her in for contacting him in the weeks before the war allegedly on behalf of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Susan Lindauer, 41, was charged with accepting $10,000 from Iraq. The indictment alleges that she left a letter outside the home of a U.S. official, apparently Card, on Jan. 8, 2003, outlining her contacts with Hussein’s government in what authorities described as an “attempt to influence United States foreign policy.”
Lindauer is believed to be the first American charged with spying for Iraq. She is a former journalist and press aide to four Democratic members of Congress. “I’m an anti-war activist and I’m innocent,” she said yesterday.