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US scientist accused of spying to appear in court

US scientist accused of spying to appear in court

A space exploration scientist accused of attempted espionage is scheduled to appear in court to learn whether he will be jailed while he awaits trial.
Stewart Nozette, 52, of suburban Chevy Chase, Maryland, was arrested last week, accused of trying to sell classified information on U.S. defense secrets to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer. A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
In decades of government work on various science and space projects, Nozette had high-level security clearances.
He was known primarily as a defense technologist who had worked on the Reagan-era Star Wars missile shield effort in the early 1980s, formally named the Strategic Defense Initiative.