Man arrested for impersonating intelligence official
A Beaverton man has received two years of probation for impersonating a U.S. intelligence official in a letter to Iraq's prime minister.
Wathiq Al-Ibraheemi, 34, was sentenced Tuesday, April 10, in U.S. District Court in Portland. Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Gabriel prosecuted him for the unauthorized use of an official insignia.
Al-Ibraheemi had been a translator for U.S. armed forces during the Iraq War. He was able to immigrate to the United States in 2009 with sponsorship from a U.S. Army officer with whom he had served.
He settled in Beaverton in 2012 and was an engineering student at Portland State University.
Special immigrant visas are available to Iraqi and Afghan citizens who worked for the United States government in their home countries.
According to court documents, Al-Ibraheemi wrote a letter in November 2015 to Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, on a falsified letterhead of the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, whose leader is the principal adviser to the president on intelligence.
The letter urged the prime minister to replace the director of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service.
Al-Ibraheemi signed the letter, using the alias of William J. Peterson, as Middle East section chief of the office's deputy director for intelligence integration. The inspector general for the intelligence community confirmed to the FBI that the letter was a fraudulent document.