Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson decided there was too much of a flight risk for Stewart Nozette, 52, to be free while he awaits trial.
Nozette pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted espionage. He is accused of seeking $2 million for selling secrets to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer. The Justice Department could seek the death penalty.
At the hearing, prosecutor Anthony Asuncion said Nozette told the agent he had passed classified information to Israel in the past. Nozette is not charged with doing so.
Nozette was arrested last week. In court papers filed ahead of Thursday’s detention hearing, prosecutors say Nozette asked for $2 million to share what he knew about top-secret government programs.
They also say he kept a stash of gold Krugerrand coins worth tens of thousands of dollars in a safe deposit box in California — more evidence, they say, of his risk of flight.
Ha ha ha ..ha ha .. can’t stop laughing ha ha ha … we actually gave him some really bad intelligence in the past. Look at that so called “moon”! HA HA HA HA … okay, you probably don’t know why I’m laughing so hard… See, I happen to know the real shape of the moon, and … ha HA HA HA … that is not it! … but now Israel will think that this is the real shape of the moon … ha ha ha ha ha ha… look at how serious those guys look! Our guys are so great at this counter intelligence stuff. 😉 Brilliant.