Scientist who worked for gov’t accused of spying

By | October 20, 2009

Scientist who worked for gov't accused of spying

This screen shot taken from NASA’s web site shows Stewart Nozette. Nozette, a scientist who worked for the Defense Department, a White House space council and other agencies including NASA was arrested Monday Oct. 19, 2009 on charges of attempting to pass along classified information to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer. (AP Photo/NASA)

A scientist credited with helping discover evidence of water on the moon was arrested Monday on charges of attempting to pass along classified information to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.

Stewart David Nozette, 52, of Chevy Chase, Md., was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to communicate, deliver and transmit classified information, the Justice Department said.

Nozette was arrested by FBI agents and is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Washington on Tuesday. Law enforcement officials said Nozette did not immediately have a lawyer.

Nozette worked in varying jobs for the Energy Department, NASA and — in 1989 and 1990 — the National Space Council in the president’s office. He developed the Clementine bi-static radar experiment that is credited with discovering water on the south pole of the moon. He also worked at the Energy Department’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he designed highly advanced technology, from approximately 1990 to 1999.

At Energy, Nozette held a special security clearance equivalent to the Defense Department’s top secret and “critical nuclear weapon design information” clearances. DOE clearances apply to access to information specifically relating to atomic or nuclear-related materials.

Nozette also held top offices at the Alliance for Competitive Technology, a nonprofit corporation that he organized. Between January 2000 and February 2006, Nozette, through his company, had several agreements to develop advanced technology for the U.S. government.

An affidavit suggests why FBI agents posed as agents of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad to conduct the sting operation.

From 1998 to 2008, the complaint alleges, Nozette was a technical adviser for a consultant company that was wholly owned by the Israeli government. Nozette was paid about $225,000 over that period, the court papers say.

Then, in January of this year, Nozette allegedly traveled to another foreign country with two computer thumb drives and apparently did not return with them. Prosecutors also quote an unnamed colleague of Nozette who said the scientist said that if the U.S. government ever tried to put him in jail for an unrelated criminal offense, he would go to Israel or another foreign country and “tell them everything” he knows.

The complaint does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf violated U.S. law. In Jerusalem, Israeli government officials had no immediate comment.

The affidavit by FBI agent Leslie Martell said that on Sept. 3, Nozette received a telephone call from an individual purporting to be an Israeli intelligence officer. The caller was an undercover FBI agent.

Nozette agreed to meet with the agent later that day at a hotel in Washington and in the subsequent meeting the two discussed Nozette’s willingness to work for Israeli intelligence, the affidavit said.

Nozette allegedly informed the agent that he had, in the past, held top security clearances and had access to U.S. satellite information, the affidavit said.

The scientist also allegedly said that he would be willing to answer questions about this information in exchange for money. The agent explained that the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, would arrange for a communication system so Nozette could pass on information in a post office box.

Nozette agreed to provide regular, continuing information and asked for an Israeli passport, the affidavit alleged.

via Scientist who worked for gov’t accused of spying – Yahoo! News.

3 thoughts on “Scientist who worked for gov’t accused of spying

  1. Rich

    Does this “undercover” Israeli intelligence officer like “spotted cow”? Ya, you know who you are you low life piece of human garbage. I bet he might be half Scottish. When this piece of @!$%# met me, he was working off an email the US government had sent me in the days preceding my encounter and he used words that strongly suggested he was part of a screening process for US government employment, but still referred to his work with Israeli intelligence as well as the NSA, a few other US agencies, but also with GE health systems. After this skit job went bad, they got very creative and somehow I developed the hypothetical potential that I must have known about the “program” that was about to steer and derail my life (even though the principles of linear time would make it impossible) and it already appeared to be wired into many of the people around me. That’s what drop knife Muller calls an “assessment” but it actually serves as the cover for the human garbage in our counter intelligence compartment to suppress or imagineer absolutely anything and based on no reality at all. If you figure out why John Yoo immunized the CIA and FBI from inter state stalking, you will have a pretty good idea what these pieces of human garbage do for a living and just remember that under oath, former George Bush officials in the state department testified that what ever happened to a detainee overseas can also happen to any US citizen, but with far worse consequences. It’s naughty naughty @!$%# in an extraordinary way. This piece of garbage, calling himself Adam, claimed to have a Syrian wife but if that line of hypothetical bull is based on any reality at all I hope she realizes that she is married to one of the lowest forms of life this government, or any, has. The filth on the transmitting end of this piece of crap would have no problem throwing bricks at old women because what they can engineer is a lot worse.

    Throughout my conversation with this bag, I kept my lips so tightly closed because I had absolutely no idea what he was fishing for. I met this piece of @!$%# when I was on the road for a business trip, over three years removed from any government work. It was in the weeks after I met this piece of @!$%# that my employment (and other aspects of my life) started to disintegrate in the most wicked and horrific of ways and I realized the full spectrum of the terrorist surveillance program. It started to be used in the most wicked and sadistic of ways, outside ordinary rule of law and the most basic assumptions of any US citizens, that even articulating anything close to the truth would make someone look nutty. I am certain that this “assessment” was meant to throw up a controlled environment that was so tight that I would start to discredit myself, with the sources and methods being used, without ever knowing the government was behind it, if I didn’t bite the hook this piece of @!$%# throw me. I would be in violation of federal law if I even came close to articulating why I thought I would be the target of such a counter intelligence operation but it is nothing short of shameful and pathetic. Despite the perceived stigma, I started to document everything that was happening to me, and I sent it first to the Inspector General, than the FISA court, then my Senators, and finally to the press. I had always assumed that Shameful George was somehow targeting me illegally and criminally with this program (once I knew it existed) but could not come to terms with how he was getting away with it. Well, my answer came. About one week after I wrote a letter to the NYT, I saw a little banner on the bottom of one of the cable news channels and from across the room and I made out the following: AP reports, FBI, letter, espionage, sabotage, treason, NYT. I that point I realized the extent of the human pieces of @!$%# I was dealing with and that this was the cover being used to completely steer and derail my life without me being able to have access to a lawyer, defend my job, defend my family, and defend my character. This little bit of information probably saved my life because I realized that I had to dig in very deep, articulate very well, hold my life together as tightly as possible, because at that point I knew these pieces of @!$%# had written the credits before they wrote the script and they were trying to pull a Bruce Ivins on me (ask his gang riding counselor what interstate stalking is).

    Once this skit job went very bad, Platoon Leader Cheney made it as big as possible, wiring in as many people as possible based on no investigative reality at all, and started to use it in the most calculating and shameful of ways, automatically creating the dynamic that any level of disclosure would be a threat to national security because of the grave and dire repercussion he baked in from day one. I promised that I would do my best to make that sorry sack of @!$%# swallow his bad memory but President Principle can not play politics with national security as he would watch his aunt get deported with a sorry look on his face rather than put a war criminal in prison because the only dignity he will have is what you read.

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