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Arrested Spy Asked FBI for Israeli Citizenship.



A former Pentagon contractor facing charges of attempting to spy for Israel allegedly sought Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.

Stewart David Nozette, 52, of Maryland, allegedly told an FBI agent claiming to be an Israeli agent that he had access to U.S. satellite information and once had held top security clearances, according to an FBI complaint released Monday.

The complaint says Nozette was employed as a technical consultant for Israel Aerospace Industries, the government owned aerospace company, between 1998 and 2008.

An FBI agent posing as a Mossad agent contacted Nozette in September. In conversations transcribed in the complaint, Nozette says he is surprised that Israel did not approach him to spy sooner and asks for an Israeli passport, saying he is entitled to Israeli citizenship because his parents are Jewish. He allegedly told the FBI agent that he had top security clearance until 2006 and could remember details that would be of use to Israel.

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