By: Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer
(AP) The woman charged with working for the Iraqi spy agency is a distant cousin of President Bush’s chief of staff, Andrew Card, and has held a variety of jobs in journalism and on Capitol Hill.
Susan Lindauer, 41, worked in the press offices of four Democratic members of Congress. She also worked for Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World Report, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Fox News.
Her father, John Lindauer, was the Republican nominee for governor in Alaska in 1998. His campaign unraveled because of charges of campaign finance violations to which he pleaded no contest.
Susan Lindauer is a 1985 Smith College graduate who describes herself as an anti-war activist.
Gary Gambill, editor of the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin, an online publication dealing with Arab politics, said Lindauer sent him a copy of her 1998 deposition in litigation related to the December 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
In the deposition, she said Libyan officials had been wrongly accused of orchestrating the bombing and that Libya was entitled to “financial compensation for the economic harassment her people have endured because of these blatantly false accusations.”
He said her arrest “raises questions about the validity of her deposition and its apparent attempt to exonerate Libya.”
Lindauer started her congressional career in 1993 when she took a job with Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. The next year she went to work for a second Oregon Democrat in the House — Ron Wyden. Two years later she joined the staff of Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, D-Ill.
After a brief stint at Fox News, she worked for Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., for a few months in 2002.
Lofgren said in a statement she was shocked by the arrest.
“To my knowledge, this former employee had no access to sensitive information,” she said. “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.”
DeFazio said he has not spoken to Lindauer in more than 10 years. “We didn’t part on the best of terms,” he said.
Lindauer’s neighbors in Takoma Park, Md., recalled her as friendly. Joao Luiz Vieire de Castro, 39, described Lindauer as “a regular American who walks her dog in the mornings and the afternoon.”