Tuesday, October 20, 2009
US Spy Stewart David Nozette Appears To Have Been Paid $225,000 By Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd.
UPDATE: Regarding what led to the sting, the Post reports: Authorities would not say what prompted their investigation, but an FBI agent wrote in court papers that Nozette acted as a technical consultant for an unnamed aerospace firm that the Israeli government owned. From 1998 through 2008, the scientist "answered the company's questions and, in return, Nozette received regular payments from the company," the agent wrote.
The agent wrote that the Israeli company paid Nozette $225,000 during that span. ... Sometime before Nozette took a foreign trip in January, he told a colleague that he would flee the United States if charged with a crime, the agent wrote. Nozette added that he would tell officials from an unidentified country and Israel "everything" he knew, the court papers allege.
This from the accompanying complaint is also interesting (Nozette to UCE he thinks is Israeli intelligence official): "I thought I was working for you already. I mean that's what I always thought, [the foreign company] was just a front."
An Israeli colleague suggests the Israeli company Nozette was working for may have been Israel Aircraft Industries, but wasn't sure. (IAI wasn't commenting to him; a source later told him it was IAI.)
(Incidentally, Yosef Yagur, the alleged Israeli handler of an elderly American man Ben-Ami Kadish arrested last year in an old age home in New Jersey for having passed classified information to Israel in the 1980s, was also previously ostensibly employed by Israel Aircraft Industries (along with Kadish's brother). Kadish later reached a plea deal with the US. Yagur had also reportedly received information from Jonathan Pollard.)
On November 6, 2006, Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. ("IAI") officially changed its corporate name to Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. On April 13, 2009, the Moscow Times reported that the Russian Defense Ministry had signed an agreement with Israel Aerospace to purchase $50 million in pilotless drone aircraft. The contract reportedly includes three types of UAVs manufactured by the company.
Organization Chart click here for Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. ("IAI)
Bloomberg adds: In January, Nozette traveled to an unnamed country carrying two computer thumb drives that were found in his baggage by an airport security inspector, according to the criminal complaint. When he returned to the U.S., he was searched by a customs officer who couldn’t locate the drives, the complaint said.
On Sept. 3, he was contacted by telephone by an individual claiming to be an Israeli intelligence officer, according to the Justice Department. ... “I don’t get recruited by Mossad every day,” Nozette allegedly told the FBI agent, referring to the Israeli intelligence agency, according to the criminal complaint. “I knew this day would come.”
As customs apparently knew what he took out on a trip in January and what he didn't bring back (and what's country A?), would seem he's been targeted for a while, perhaps for doing technical consulting work (through his nonprofit outfit, the Alliance for Competitive Technology?) for the Israeli government owned aerospace firm (Israel Aircraft Industries?) while also doing work for NASA, etc. and holding US security clearances. more from this source.............................