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FBI sting snared e-mail from U.S. Jew offering unclassified business data

WASHINGTON — The FBI has again employed a sting in which an American Jew was allegedly recruited by a bogus Israeli intelligence agent.


Officials said Israel was cooperating in the investigation of Elliot Doxer, an employee for Akamai Technologies, which maintains computer server networks for U.S. defense agencies as well as Arab clients.

"We have more important clients, including Department of Defense, airline manufacturers like Airbus and some Arab companies from Dubai," Doxer was quoted as saying. "I would be happy to provide information to you, but the limit of my information is invoicing and customer contact information."

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This marked the second sting of an American Jew by the FBI in connection with the relay of business data to Israel over the last year. In October 2009, an American Jew, approached by an FBI agent who pretended to be a Mossad officer, was indicted on charges of offering U.S. military and defense information to Israel.

Both cases appeared similar in that an FBI agent approached the Jewish target and, in the name of helping Israel, appealed for classified or proprietary data. Doxer, a 42-year-old employee in Akamai's finance department, was said to have been approached in 2007 by the FBI a year after he e-mailed an offer to the Israeli consulate in Boston. The FBI agent, who handled Doxer for 18 months, claimed he represented Israel.

The criminal complaint did not say how the FBI obtained the e-mail allegedly sent by Doxer to the Israeli consulate, identified as "Country X." Prosecutors said Doxer, who faces 20 years for wire fraud, requested $3,000 for supplying details of contracts and information on employees.

"I am a Jewish American who lives in Boston," Doxer's e-mail was quoted as saying. "I know you are always looking for information and I am offering the little I may have.

Akamai's servers were said to handle up to 30 percent of daily global Internet traffic. The company, founded by an Israeli and whose customers include the U.S. Homeland Security Department, has been contracted to maintain and enhance Web sites.

"There is no evidence that Doxer disclosed any information referenced in the complaint to anyone outside of law enforcement," Akamai said.

The complaint quoted a September 2007 telephone conversation between Doxer and the FBI undercover agent who said he represented Israel. In the conversation, the agent, who called himself Benjamin, said Doxer would be sent instructions on how to communicate to his purported Israeli handler.

FBI agent James Cromer did not accuse Doxer of transferring security or government classified data. The officer, who also did not explain why Doxer was being charged nearly three years after the FBI investigation, said the information allegedly relayed consisted of client lists and contracts.

"The contracts that Doxer provided were generally marked as confidential," the complaint, which did not cite Akamai as a plaintiff, said.

In 2009, the FBI reported the first sting in which an agent posed as a Mossad officer. A month before his arrest, Stewart Nozette, a consultant for Israel Aerospace Industries, was said to have been approached by an FBI undercover agent who asked the former NASA scientist to work for Israeli intelligence. Like Doxer, Nozette said he did not have access to classified information. No trial date has been scheduled.

"I don’t say it very often, but umm, I work for Israeli intelligence," the FBI agent was quoted as telling Nozette.

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