US scientist accused of agreeing to spy 'for Israel' due in court

US scientist accused of

October 29, 2009 08:18


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A US scientist accused of attempted espionage for agreeing to spy 'for Israel' is scheduled to appear in a Washington court on Thursday to learn whether he will have to stay behind bars while he awaits trial. Fifty-two-year-old Stewart Nozette of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was arrested last week. He is accused of trying to sell classified information on US 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 formally named the Strategic Defense Initiative.

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