According to Haaretz, Nozette formerly worked for NASA. The wording of the announcement "transmit classified information to an individual he believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer" suggests that Nozette was set up for a sting, and that in fact he never spied for Israel, nor did any Israeli agency recruit him. Does this mean the FBI is going to go about testing the loyalty of every person of the Jewish faith in the US government?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Maryland scientist who worked for the Defense Department and other agencies has been arrested on espionage charges.
The Justice Department said Monday that 52-year-old Stewart David Nozette of Chevy Chase was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to communicate, deliver and transmit classified information to an individual he believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer.
The complaint does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf violated U.S. law.
Nozette was arrested Monday by FBI agents. He is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Washington on Tuesday.