Ex-NASA scientist jailed for 13 yearsMarch 22nd, 2012 - 11:19 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 22 (IANS) A former NASA scientist has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after admitting that he tried to sell space and defence secrets to Israel.
Appearing in federal court in a prison jumpsuit Wednesday, Stewart Nozette, 54, said he was “paying for a fatal lack of judgement” the Daily Mail reported Thursday.
“I accept full responsibility,” Nozette told US District Judge Paul Friedman.
Prosecutors and Nozette’s lawyers agreed to the 13-year sentence, with credit for the two years that Nozette has spent behind bars since his arrest.
Nozette had high-level security clearances during decades of government work on science and space projects at NASA, the Energy Department and the National Space Council in then president George H.W. Bush’s administration.
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