Former NASA, DOD Scientist Pleads Guilty to Attempted Spying for Israel

A former government scientist who helped discover water on the moon, worked on the Reagan-era “Star-Wars” ballistic missile defense program and ran a variety of highly classified projects for NASA, the Defense Department and the Department of Energy pleaded guilty this morning to attempted espionage charges for his efforts to sell classified information to Israel.

Stewart Nozette of Chevy Chase, Md., was arrested Oct. 19, 2009, at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington by counterintelligence agents from the FBI’s Washington field office after he believed he was meeting with Israeli intelligence agents from the Mossad to pass information to them in exchange for money. It was all an FBI sting operation, but the indictment in the case did not allege that Israel or any of its government officials committed any wrongdoing.

The FBI began its investigation into Noze

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Categories: Israel, United States

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