Former Translator Admits Having Documents Detailing 82nd's Plans

A former Arabic translator for the Army in Iraq has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing secret documents detailing the mission of a Fort Bragg-based division.


The documents had information about the strategies of Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division. They also included a report with precise information about U-S weaponry and targets.


The translator, who goes by the name Noureddine Malki, also pleaded guilty in 2005 to using an alias while becoming a U-S citizen. Authorities say his true identity is unknown. He faces up to 60 years in prison for both charges. No sentencing date was set. U-S Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf said the 47-year-old translator was scheduled to go to trial next week. Using his false identity, the defendant was hired in 2003 by a contractor as a translator and interpreter for an intelligence unit of the 82nd Airborne stationed in the Sunni Triangle. After he returned to the United States, authorities discovered the documents -- some marked "secret" -- during a 2005 raid on his Brooklyn apartmentAuthorities say his true identity is unknown.

   

He faces up to 60 years in prison for both charges. No sentencing date was set.