Iraqi "Sleeper" Spy Arrested in U.S.

(Chicago Sun-Times) Natasha Korecki- Sami Khoshaba Latchin, 57, of Des Plaines, Illinois, an alleged Iraqi "sleeper" who was planted in the U.S. by Saddam Hussein's spy service, was arrested Monday and charged with making false statements to U.S. immigration officials when applying for citizenship in 1998. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said Latchin traveled overseas to meet with the Mukhabbarat, the intelligence arm of the former Iraqi government, in 1994, 1996, and 1999. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Conway said Latchin was a "spy" and a "sleeper" who "Iraqi intelligence assigned to assimilate himself into our culture and become a U.S. citizen."

2004-09-03 00:00:00

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