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Mass. Man Sentenced for Economic Espionage for Israel

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Elliot Doxer has become Massachusetts’ first ever individual prosecuted for foreign economic espionage, according to a statement from the FBI.

Doxer was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home confinement and electronic monitoring on Tuesday, as well as fined $25,000, after providing trade secrets to an undercover agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer. Doxer  had previously plead guilty.

Doxer sent an e-mail to the folks at the  Boston’s Israeli Consulate in June of 2006 telling them he worked for the company Akamai Technologies, Inc., in the finance department, and wanted to provide whatever information he could “to help our homeland and our war against our enemies,” according to the statement. Doxer also asked to be paid for the risks he was taking.

A federal agents posing as an Israeli intelligence officer spoke to Doxer in Sept, 2007, establishing a “dead drop” where the two could exchange information. Doxer visited the dead drop at least 62 times between Oct. 2007 and March 2009, leaving information and checking for new communications.

Doxer provided the undercover agent with a list of the company’s customers, contracts with those customers, a full list of the company’s employees, with positions and contact information, and a broad description of the company’s physical and computer security systems. He also said he could travel to Israel or support special operations at home.

“We acknowledge the Government of Israel for their cooperation in this investigation, and underscore that the Information does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf committed any offense under U.S. laws in this case,” said the FBI statement.

 

4 Congressional Members Send Letter to FBI’s Mueller and Hillary Clinton Asking Palestinians to be Put on Terrorist List

Rep. Berman was one the Congressional members who signed letter

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. terrorist data base watch could get quite a few new names if it’s up to four Jewish Congress members.

The Jewish Telegraph Agency reports that the four Congress members wrote to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking that they place on the list the names of the Palestinian prisoners who were recently released in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been abducted and held prisoner since 2006. The move would prevent any of those people from entering the U.S.

The Jewish Telegraph Agency reported that Israel agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian men and women, and all but a handful were convicted of terrorism related crimes.

“Each of these Palestinian prisoners has been convicted of a terrorism-related offense and should be treated as such,” said the Oct. 28 letter, which was first obtained by Politico.

The letter was signed by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), the senior Democrat on its Middle East subcommittee; Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee; and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

 

Maryland Scientist Pleads Guilty for Attempting to Spy for Israel

Stewart Nozette/nasa photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Maryland scientist busted in an FBI sting in 2009 for attempting to spy for Israel, pleaded guilty Wednesday in D.C. federal court to one count of attempted espionage, the Associated Press reported.

Stewart D. Nozette, 54, was charged in 2009 with giving sensitive government information to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer with the Mossad.  In exchange, the agent paid him $11,000.

Nozette plea calls for a 13 year sentence, with two years credit for time served, AP reported.

In 2009, in a hotel room in Northwest Washington, Nozette told the undercover agent posing as a Mossad agent:

Nozette: I don’t get recruited by Mossad every day. I knew this day would come by the way.

 Agent: How’s that.

Nozette: (laughs) I just had a feeling one of these days.

Agent: Really?

 Nozette: I knew you guys would show up.

Nozette over the years worked for the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Mass. Man Pleads Guilty to Spying for Israel

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Massachusetts man has copted a plea to trying to spy for Israel.

Elliot Doxer, 43, an employee of a high-tech company, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston federal court to foreign economic espionage for providing trade secrets over an 18-month period to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.

The plea agreement said that on June 22, 2006, Doxer sent an email to the Israeli consulate in Boston saying he worked for the finance department of Akamai Technologies, Inc., and was willing to provide any information that might help Israel.

Authorities said Doxer said DOXER said his chief desire “was to help our homeland and our war against our enemies.” He also asked to be paid for the risks he was taking.

In September 2007, an FBI agent posing as an undercover Israeli intelligence officer spoke to Doxer and established a “dead drop” where the agent and Doxer could exchange written communications.

From October 2007 through March 2009, Doxer visited the dead drop at least 62 times to leave information, retrieve communications, and check for new communications.

Included in the trade secret information that Doxer provided the undercover agent were an extensive list of Akamai’s customers; contracts between the company and various customers revealing contact, services, pricing, and termination date information; and a comprehensive list of the company’s employees that revealed their positions and full contact information.

In a press release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston said:

“We acknowledge the Government of Israel for their cooperation in this investigation, and underscore that the Information does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf committed any offense under U.S. laws in this case. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Akamai Technologies, Inc., for its assistance throughout all stages of the investigation and prosecution.”

Doxer was initially arrested on on Oct. 6, 2010.

 

Accused Nazi Guard John Demjanjuk Convicted in Germany

John Demjanjuk/msnbc

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Demjanjuk, the suspected Nazi death camp guard,  was convicted in Munich on Thursday of helping force roughly 28,000 Jews to death during World War II, the New York Times reported.

The 91-year-old retired American autoworker was then sentenced to five years in prison, but was released pending his appeal. His lawyers insist he is innocent.

Authorities charged that Demjanjuk worked as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943. The Times reported that he was sentenced to death in Israel in 1988, but five years later the conviction was overturned after it was decided it was a case of mistaken identity.

Ex-Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark Visits Gaza Strip for “Solidarity Mission”

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Attorney Gen. Ramsey Clark, who served on Saddam Hussein’s defense team, and has seldom shied away from controversy, was in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday for what the Associated Press described as a “solidarity mission.”

AP reported that on the first day of the three-day trip Clark met with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, whose office later said they discussed Israel’s blockade of Gaza and the recent conflicts between Palestinians and Israel. Hamas is still listed in the U.S. as a terrorist organization.

Clark was Attorney General from 1967 to 1969 under President Johnson.

Clark was active in the anti-Vietnam war movement and visited Hanoi in 1972 to protest the U.S. bombings there.

In 1991, he accused President George H.W. Bush and others in the administration of crimes against humanity for the Gulf War and the subsequent sanctions.

Israel’s Netanyahu Asks Obama to Release Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard/wikipedia

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard — who worked for Naval intelligence —  is back in the news again.

The Washington Post reports that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama asking for Pollard’s release. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying for Israel.

The Post reported that the White House simply responded: “We have received the letter and will review it,” said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman.

Netanyahu read the letter at a session of parliament, the Post reported.

“Since Jonathan Pollard has now spent 25 years in prison, I believe that a new request for clemency is highly appropriate,” Netanyahu wrote. “I know that this view is also shared by former senior American officials with knowledge of the case, as well as by numerous Members of Congress.”

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Fed Judge Tenatively Grants Asylum to Son of Founder of Hamas Who Spied for Israel

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a story full of twists, and certainly worthy of a movie, a federal immigration judge in San Diego on Wednesday tentatively granted asylum Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas founder who converted to Christianity and became a spy for Israel, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the ruling came in a wake of the feds dropping concerns that he was a terrorist threat.

He argued that he’d be killed if he returned home. He was a spy for Israel’s Shin Bet, an Israeli intelligence agency.

“I will keep fighting the ideology that is behind terrorists because I know how they think,” he told reporters in the parking lot, according to AP. “I know that this is the real danger that is facing liberty, facing freedom, facing humanity.”

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