Looting the New Iraq

From Holden:

Joseph Braude, author of The New Iraq (reviewed here in Salon)and media-annointed “expert” who appeared on the Today Show, CNN, and Fox, went a bit too far while exploiting new business opportunities in the occupied country:

An expert on Iraq (news – web sites)’s postwar reconstruction has pleaded guilty to smuggling 4,000-year-old artifacts looted from the country’s national museum after the U.S. invasion.

Joseph Braude, 29, pleaded guilty Tuesday, two days into his trial on charges of smuggling and making false statements to customs agents. He could be sentenced to up to 16 months in prison.