A scientist credited with helping discover evidence of water on the moon has been arrested on charges of attempting to pass on classified information to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.
The US justice department said Stewart David Nozette, 52, was charged with attempting to communicate, deliver and transmit classified information to an individual he believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer.
Nozette, from Maryland, was arrested yesterday by FBI agents. He is expected to appear in federal court in Washington today.
Here is some of his work history:
But, what the above article fails to mention and this one does is that Nozette was a consultant for an Israeli company
Nozette had worked in varying jobs for the department of energy, the national aeronautics and space, and in the national space council in the president's office in 1989 and 1990.
The scientist developed the Clementine bistatic radar experiment that purportedly discovered water on the south pole of the moon. He worked from approximately 1990 to 1999 at the department of energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, where he designed highly advanced technology.
At the department of energy, Nozette held a special security clearance equivalent to the defence department top secret and "critical nuclear weapon design information" clearances. Department of energy 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 company that he organised in March 1990. Between January 2000 and February 2006, Nozette, through his company, had several agreements to develop advanced technology for the US government.
He performed some of the research and development at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Virginia, and at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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.He was "consulting for Israel" at the same time he was working these secretive US jobs? Shouldn't this have been cause for concern?
Here is a bit about the information he gave:
One answer contained information classified as secret, which concerned capabilities of a prototype overhead Nozette allegedly offered to reveal additional classified information that directly concerned nuclear weaponry, military spacecraft or satellites, and other major weapons systems..
Why did the FBI decide to set up this sting up, at this time? Was he suspected of spying for Israel all along? If he was working with NASA in the lead up to the botched up bombing of the moon, what was that really all about? Weapons testing?
If he was employed by a company wholly owned by Israel, could he have another agenda entirely?
Questions, questions, questions......