'US scientist tried to sell secrets to Israel for US$ 2 mn'


Stewart D Nozette, a NASA scientist, was taken into custody by FBI last week on charges of espionage for Israel. He had served 16 years in sensitive positions in various wings of the federal government, including the White House.

According to the grand jury indictment, the information which Nozette tried to provide to Israel included directly concerned satellites, early warning systems, means of defence or retaliation against large-scale attack, communications intelligence information and major defence strategy elements.

Federal prosecutors charged that Nozette had sought to sell the top US secrets for US$ 2 million. The Washington Post, in a recent report, claimed that Nozette had threatened to sell secrets to Israel or India, if authorities tried to put him behind bar in a fraud case against him, in which he had pleaded guilty early this year.
However there is no reference to India in any of the affidavits or indictment.

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