Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid, AKA "Alex Soueid," 47, a Syrian-born US naturalized citizen and a resident of Leesburg, resident of Leesburg, VA, was arrested by federal agents on Tuesday (October 11) on charges of spying on Syrian dissidents in the United States for the Syrian regime.
The arrest followed the issuance of a federal indictment that Soueid acted as an unregistered agent of the Syrian intelligence agency, the Mukhabarat; provided false statements on a firearms purchase; and provided false statements to federal law enforcement.
COMMENT: If convicted, Soueid faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison on the foreign agent charges, 15 years for the firearms charges and 10 years in prison on the false statement charges.
Syrian dissidents and exiles in the United States have repeatedly claimed their relatives in Syria were being persecuted because of their appearance at pro-democracy events in UScities. The US State Department has repeatedly raised the charges, which have been strongly been denied by the current Syrian ambassador to Washington, Imad Moustafa.
All of the statutes under which Soueid has been charged are relatively easy to prove through documentary evidence or the lack thereof.
What this case really demonstrates, though, particularly since the terrorist attacks on 9/11, is the fact that many US naturalized citizens complicit in terror plots and other anti-US operations intentionally lied when they swore allegiance to the US. They hardly deserve being called a US citizen. This also applies to the naturalized citizens of other countries who have conspired to engage in acts of terrorism or activities that violate the allegiance they promised.