Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Former Akamai employee pleads guilty in espionage case

masshightech.com

A Brookline man who worked in the finance department at Akamai Technologies Inc. has pleaded guilty to foreign economic espionage as part of an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

According to U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Elliot Doxer, 43, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper to one count of economic espionage for providing trade secrets to an undercover federal agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer. According to Ortiz, this was only the eighth prosecution in the U.S. under the charge of foreign economic espionage.

As part of the plea agreement, a charge of wire fraud was dismissed. Doxer, facing a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, will be sentenced on Nov. 30.

Doxer stipulated to a statement of fact that in 2006 he emailed the Israeli consulate in Boston saying that as an employee in Akamai’s finance department he was willing to provide information that might help Israel, and later saying that he wanted to help “our homeland in our war against our enemies.

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