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Leesburg man worked for Syrian intelligence, according to U.S. officials

How well do you know your neighbors? Another alleged spy has been arrested in Northern Virginia. A Leesburg man was indicted on charges of gathering intelligence for Syria, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Read more from the Post about Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid, a 47-year-old Syrian-born U.S. citizen. According to the indictment, he sent video and audio recordings of people protesting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to a Syrian intelligence contact.

He’s one of many NoVa residents accused of spying in recent years. In 2010, the United States and Russia negotiated a swap of suspected moles, including three living in Arlington.

And in 2001, after FBI agents snapped handcuffs onto him, Vienna resident and double agent Robert Hanssen asked them, “What took you so long?” For more than 20 years, the FBI special agent had been giving information to Russia, often dropping documents in NoVa parks.

Susan Svrluga is a reporter for the Washington Post, covering higher education for the Grade Point blog.


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