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Tag: Stewart Nozette

Scientist Gets 13 Years in FBI Sting that Involved Spying for Israel

Stewart Nozette/nasa photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Scientist Stewart David Nozette, 54, will have some time to think over his espionage ways. He was nabbed in an FBI sting trying to spy for Israel.

The suburban D.C. scientist who once worked for the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the White House’s National Space Council, was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison for attempted espionage, conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. said the sentenced covered two cases. In one of those, he pled guilty in September 2001 to attempted espionage for providing classified information to a person he believed was an Israeli intelligence officer, but was actually an FBI undercover agent.

In the other case, he pled guilty in January 2009 to fraud and tax charges stemming from more than $265,000 in false claims he submitted to the government, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Nozette had been in custody since his arrest for attempted espionage on Oct. 19, 2009. At the time, authorities said, he was awaiting sentencing on the fraud and tax evasion charges.

“Stewart Nozette’s greed exceeded his loyalty to our country,” said U.S. Attorney Ron Machen said in a statement. “He wasted his talent and ruined his reputation by agreeing to sell national secrets to someone he believed was a foreign agent. His time in prison will provide him ample opportunity to reflect on his decision to betray the United States.”

 

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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Suspected Spy For Israel Was Political and Had Plenty Expenses

And now comes the head scratching and analysis of a brilliant scientist. Why did he risk his career to try and spy for Israel? It’s not all that complicated once you start dissecting his life. The following report gives us a pretty good insight into Stewart Nozette.

Stewart Nozette/nasa photo

Stewart Nozette/nasa photo

By Del Quentin Wilber and Maria Glod
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — By all accounts, Stewart D. Nozette is a brilliant and creative scientist, an astronomer who once sketched a key part of a lunar mission on the back of a cocktail napkin and daydreamed of colonizing the moon.

In a recent photograph, he appears the caricature of a NASA geek: a pudgy man wearing an ugly green shirt with a pen protruding from the pocket. Wisps of his hair scatter in all directions.

But Nozette is not your stereotypically shy, reserved genius. He is ambitious and unafraid to engage in political combat. He has been known to prod public officials and lawmakers to fund his programs or scuttle those of rivals, friends and colleagues said. He has donated more than $35,000 to politicians and causes.

And, according to recently unsealed court documents, he stole lots of government money to finance personal credit cards, mortgages, car loans and maintenance on his swimming pool.

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Accused Spy For Israel Had Been Busted for Overbilling NASA

No question Stewart D. Nozette was a smart scientist. But a smart criminal? He pleaded guilty in January to overbilling NASA. You’d think once you’re on the government’s radar you’d avoid — or least be careful — about doing foolish things. You’d think.

Stewart Nozette/nasa photo

Stewart Nozette/nasa photo

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Stewart D. Nozette, the Chevy Chase scientist accused last week of attempted espionage, pleaded guilty in January to overbilling NASA and the Defense Department more than $265,000 for contracting work, according to court records unsealed Friday.

Nozette, 52, was arrested last week by federal authorities and accused of selling sensitive government secrets for $11,000 to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence operative. He faces a sentence of up to life in prison if convicted of attempted espionage.

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