Monday, October 19, 2009

Maryland Man Arrested on Attempted Espionage Charge

bloomberg.com

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- A Maryland scientist who worked for the Defense Department and Energy Department and had access to classified information was arrested on charges of attempting to spy for Israel, according to the Justice Department.

A criminal complaint unsealed today in Washington charges Stewart David Nozette, 52, of Chevy Chase, with attempted espionage. Nozette is accused of attempting to deliver classified U.S. defense information to an undercover FBI agent he believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer in exchange for money, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Nozette, who also has worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, held security clearances as high as top secret, and had access to classified information and documents related to national defense, according to the Justice Department. Nozette developed a radar experiment that purportedly discovered water on the south pole of the moon, and designed “highly advanced” technology at the Energy Department, according to the statement.

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