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Friday, September 2, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Israel assists in economic espionage case
against U.S. Jew

WASHINGTON — Israel has helped capture an American who offered to help the Jewish state.


Officials said the Israeli government provided information that led to the arrest of an American who offered data on Arab military clients. They said Israel helped facilitate a false flag information in which Elliot Doxer was arrested and charged with foreign economic espionage.

"We acknowledge the government of Israel for their cooperation in this investigation, and underscore that the information does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf committed any offense under U.S. laws in this case," the U.S. attorney's office for Massachusetts said.

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On Aug. 30, Doxer pleaded guilty to foreign economic espionage. Officials said this marked the first prosecution in Massachusetts for foreign economic espionage and the eighth in the United States.

In 2006, Doxer offered to help Israel by providing information on Arab clients of Akamai Technologies, which helps operate the Web sites of 10 militaries. In an e-mail to the Israeli consulate in Boston, Doxer said he worked in Akamai's finance department and maintained access to client records.

Officials said the consulate relayed the e-mail to the U.S. government. About 15 months later, an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence representative contacted Doxer and offered money for information from Akamai. Over the next next 18 months, Doxer was said to have visited a pre-arranged site 62 times to drop off data from Akamai or receive orders.

"Included in the trade secret information that Doxer provided the undercover agent were an extensive list of Akamai's customers; contracts between the company and various customers revealing contact, services, pricing, and termination date information; and a comprehensive list of the company's employees that revealed their positions and full contact information," the U.S. attorney's office said.

Doxer was also said to have offered to "support special and sensitive operations" for Israel. Officials did not disclose the information relayed by Doxer and whether it involved the U.S. or Arab militaries.

"We would also like to acknowledge and thank Akamai Technologies, Inc., for its assistance throughout all stages of the investigation and prosecution," the U.S. attorney's office said.

Doxer was arrested in October 2010, on charges of wire fraud. Officials said Doxer, scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 30, would instead face a charge of foreign economic espionage, with a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

The case was the latest in which the FBI conducted a false flag operation in which an American Jew was asked to provide information for Israel. In 2009, the FBI staged a sting operation against a former scientist from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, David Nozette, later charged with attempted espionage.

"The conduct alleged in this complaint is serious and should serve as a warning to anyone who would consider compromising our nation's secrets for profit," Assistant Attorney David Kris said.

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