Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New details in Chevy Chase spy case

The Chevy Chase scientist accused of attempted espionage may have impersonated a naval research official and stored classified information at his home, according to documents filed in federal court last week.

Stewart Nozette, 52, of the 100 block of Grafton Street in Chevy Chase Village demanded information on a classified national defense project from a Naval Research Laboratory official, Mark Johnson, claiming that he had "paid for it." The exchange took place when Nozette was working on the classified project at a Defense Department-affiliated laboratory in October 2002, according to an affidavit from an FBI agent seeking a search warrant of Nozette's home and vehicle on Oct. 16, 2009, just three days before Nozette was arrested and charged with attempted espionage.


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