'Akamai ex-employee leaked info to Israeli Consulate'

Report says ex-employee at US Internet technologies firm confessed to foreign economic espionage after being snared by FBI agent.

September 1, 2011 07:22
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A former employee of a major US Internet technologies company has admitted to trying to leak industrial secrets to an Israeli consulate, media reports said on Wednesday.

Elliot Doxer, 43, who once worked for the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Akamai Technologies Inc., confessed to foreign economic espionage after being snared by an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer, according to a Bloomberg report that cited a statement by US Attorney Carmen Ortiz in Boston.

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According to the report, in 2006, Doxer sent an e-mail to the consulate in Boston, in which he volunteered information he described as helpful to Israel.

He stated that he worked in Akamai’s finance department.

In 2007, an FBI agent pretending to be an Israeli agent made contact with Doxer, and the two reportedly agreed on a location where files containing information on Akamai’s clients and contracts would be transferred.

The defendant faces a maximum prison sentence of 15 years, Bloomberg added.

He is due to be sentenced on November 30.

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