Syrian man charged in US for spying on protesters

October 12, 2011 18:46

WASHINGTON - A Syrian-born man has been arrested and charged in Virginia for allegedly spying on anti-Syrian protesters in the United States and passing that information on to Damascus, US prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid, 47, a naturalized US citizen, was accused of acting as an agent of the Syrian intelligence service and collecting video and audio recordings of protesters against Syria and its president Bashar Assad.

Soueid also was accused of recruiting others to collect information about protesters and sending materials to a contact at the Syrian embassy in Washington and to Damascus, according to an indictment unsealed on Wednesday.

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