Using the name Almaliki Nour, the man became a legal resident of the U.S. in 1993 and went to work for a defense contractor a decade later as a translator for an intelligence unit of the 82nd Airborne Division, according to an FBI complaint. As he worked in Iraq, the FBI and Department of Defense discovered that he had fabricated his name, birth date, native country, Lebanon, and family background as the persecuted son of a Muslim father and Catholic mother, the complaint said.
Investigators probing the fabrications then discovered that he had extensive ties to people linked to the Iraqi insurgency. His cell phone address book contained two coded entries with the numbers of known insurgents. After returning to the U.S. earlier this year, the man had more than 100 cell phone conversations with numbers directly involved with the insurgency, Buretta said, including numbers found at suspected safehouses for Jordanian extremist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.
The man, who has told the FBI he is a Moroccan named Noureddine Malki, also improperly took to his Brooklyn apartment classified documents about combating the insurgency, including one, Buretta said, that contained the heading "current threat."