US man pleads guilty in Saddam espionage case

An Iraqi-born US citizen accused of spying for Saddam Hussein's former regime and sharing information with the executed dictator's intelligence service has pleaded guilty in the case. Ghazi al-Awadi, 78, of Dearborn, pleaded guilty to acting as an agent of the government of Iraq under Saddam's regime, the US attorney's office said Wednesday. "We will respond aggressively to any cases involving spying by the agent of a hostile foreign government," Stephen Murphy, US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said in a statement. Under terms of the plea agreement in US District Court, Awadi faces up to 51 months in prison when sentenced November 8.