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Scientist pleads guilty to attempted espionage

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posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 12:07 PM
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During an appearance in federal court, Stewart David Nozette admitted that he tried to provide Israel with top secret information about satellites, early warning systems, ways of retaliating against large-scale attack, communications intelligence information and major elements of defense strategy.



In the Oct. 19 conversation at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, Nozette told the undercover agent that "I've crossed the Rubicon ... I've made a career choice," and then, according to the papers, he laughed. "I'm prepared to give them the whole thing ... all the technical specifications," according to the court papers.


This is disturbing...This coward is willing to sell us all out.


Nozette had high-level security clearances during decades of government work on science and space projects at NASA, the Energy Department and the National Space Council in President George H.W. Bush's White House. He has a doctorate in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was known primarily as a defense technologist who had worked on the Reagan-era missile defense shield effort formally called the Strategic Defense Initiative. He also helped discover evidence of water on the moon.


However, I wonder if he needs a pen pal?


Because Nozette knows so many secrets, including about the nation's nuclear missile program, Attorney General Eric Holder ordered special communications restrictions placed on him in jail.


Nevermind....It looks like they put him under the jail.


During a hearing after his arrest, the prosecutor played video from the September 2009 sting in which Nozette lounged on a hotel room couch, eating and laughing with the undercover agent. He discussed the possibility of having to flee the country if he came under scrutiny.


Why didn't he do what everyone else has done....Write a book.


Prosecutors say Nozette agreed to provide regular information to the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, through a post office box in exchange for money. They accuse him of asking for an Israeli passport and payments in cash under $10,000 each to avoid reporting it. Authorities said he took two payments — one for $2,000 and another for $9,000 — from the post office box to answer questions about U.S. satellites, including early warning systems, means of defense or retaliation against large-scale attack, communications intelligence information and major elements of defense strategy.


I would love to hear this guy's story.

Story

His arrest thread...




posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 12:18 PM
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At least it wasn’t China. I could think of a lot worse countries to trade secrets with. Regardless, lock him up and don’t let him see the light of day ever again. Traitor. Sounds like something Bill Clinton did with China and all our stealth technology.



posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 12:38 PM
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Originally posted by kellynap43
At least it wasn’t China. I could think of a lot worse countries to trade secrets with.



so, you believe that they won't propagate any further?

one hint, search for the Lavi fighter project and compare it to the Chengdu J-10. naturally, avionics are less obvious, but you can put two and two together, can't you?



posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 12:55 PM
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Originally posted by kellynap43
At least it wasn’t China. I could think of a lot worse countries to trade secrets with.

He had no idea who he was selling these secrets to. He thought it was Israel, but it could've been China, or Russia, or anyone else. Unless you meet your handler in an embassy or some other government-controlled area, you have no idea who they really are. This case demonstrates that pretty conclusively, I think.



posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 01:47 PM
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Nothing new when it comes to Espionage.

We do the same with other countries. We try to break someone on the inside with ofcourse MONEY.

Even the politicians of a nation (President, Vice presidents, Dictators..etc) can also be a spy

Such is the nature of espionage. It is very hard to recognize a spy unless all of his/her action is monitored (phone, email, conversation, travel, family, friends, social media affiliation, special interest groups etc etc).

Obviously the consequences of getting caught are not promising for the Scientist in this case unless its a diversion from the real espionage occurring elsewhere and the Scientist will be free on a bail or some sort of diplomatic arrangement ?


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posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 01:53 PM
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Originally posted by Long Lance

Originally posted by kellynap43
At least it wasn’t China. I could think of a lot worse countries to trade secrets with.


so, you believe that they won't propagate any further?

one hint, search for the Lavi fighter project and compare it to the Chengdu J-10. naturally, avionics are less obvious, but you can put two and two together, can't you?

Yep. Upto certain extent, Israel is known to profit by acting as a re-seller with a high margin. Its easy money for them for certain technology acquired through foreign aid money.



posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 02:38 PM
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That was more of a joke than anything.
It’s bad. Very bad. Bad to the point that there must be severe repercussions. No matter what country.



posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 02:40 PM
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I agree. See previous post. This is a horrible act of treason and espionage. My only hope is that nothing to substantial leaked out. The only thing that seperates this country from the rest, is our science. And the ability to keep it secret.



posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 03:34 PM
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He has a doctorate in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was known primarily as a defense technologist who had worked on the Reagan-era missile defense shield effort formally called the Strategic Defense Initiative. He also helped discover evidence of water on the moon.


He was the main guy on StarWars.



StarWars Wiki





If there are space weapons...

This would probably be "The Guy".



posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 02:27 PM
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I wonder how much more smaller chunks of information was already sold to other countries and probably he was caught while attempting to sell a big chunk.



posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 03:26 PM
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He called it a "Career Choice".

No doubt other things went out the door.

Seems like his first offer of information would be small.

Your first offer would not be "Everything".

I would really like to know more.




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