Report: American Jew charged with attempted espionage

Elliot Doxer, 42, allegedly wanted to "help our homeland," gave confidential documents to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli.

October 7, 2010 10:45
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An Akamai Technologies Inc. employee was charged attempting to spy for a foreign country, most likely Israel, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Elliot Doxer, 42, reportedly worked in Akamai's finance department, and was charged of wire fraud for providing contract details, employee information and customer lists to an undercover FBI agent he thought worked for the a foreign government.

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Doxer reportedly sought $3,000 in compensation.

Court papers showed that Doxer had e-mailed a foreign consulate in Boston to offer assistance. He reportedly wrote in the e-mail that he is a Jewish American who wants "to help our homeland and our war against our enemies," therefore, it is likely that Doxer thought he was helping Israel.

The Justice Department declined to confirm or deny that it was Israel.

A year later, an undercover FBI agent reportedly contacted Doxer, pretending to be a representative of Israel to see if he wanted to help.

According to the criminal complant, Doxer visited a drop site 62 times over 18 months and gave contractual papers between Akamai and the US Department of Homeland Security to the undercover agent.

Doxer also reportedly said he would reduce his price in exchange for pictures or information about his son, who lived abroad with his mother and stepfather.

Prosecutors told Reuters that the foreign government cooperated with the investigation.

Doxer could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if he is convicted.

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