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Scientist accused of spying reaches plea deal

Scientist accused of spying reaches plea deal

A government space scientist accused of trying to sell secrets to Israel has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
Attorneys involved would not discuss the agreement Stewart Nozette reached. But U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman scheduled a hearing Wednesday morning to take Nozette's plea.
Nozette was arrested nearly two years ago and held in jail because prosecutors said he was a "walking safe deposit box" of government secrets and convinced a judge he was a flight risk. He was charged with four counts of attempted espionage that could carry the death penalty but initially pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors accused him of seeking $2 million to sell secrets to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer in a videotaped sting operation.


Updated : 2021-07-28 05:22 GMT+08:00