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March 21, 2012



I think Avacado [sic] Pitt's point is wise:
he could as easily be tricked by the enemy as by US Intelligence into believing that it was the Mossad he was aiding.

I don't believe most people ever thought of that (I never had) - and I think it's an opinion-changing point. I generally think entrapment tactics stink, insofar as no crime would ever have occurred if the government had done nothing. But, at least on the matter of sentencing if not on the matter of guilt, I'm now ready to accept that it makes no difference if the suspect was really dealing with the Government.

Avacado Pitt

I agree with Isreal Rozemberg that espionage against [one's own] country is never good. But I do not see the basis for a claim of double standards. Mr. Nozette was apparently a US citizen entrusted with (and promised to keep) US secrets who then offered to sell those secrets. The Iranian was not a US citizen not entrusted with US secrets but apparently violated US laws. The two crimes are not the same, so different punishments are understandable.

I would also suggest that espionage is espionage irrespective of who the spy believes they are working for, whether friend or foe. In this case, Mr. Nozette was tricked by US intelligence into believing he was working for the Mossad. He just as easily could have been tricked by Iranian/Russian/Saudi/free-lance intelligence into believing he was selling these secrets to Israel. This is a common intelligence trick called “false flag” recruiting. If trusted with secrets, keep the secrets.


The penalty should be harsh regardless of who the traitor thinks he is dealing with.

Israel Rozemberg

Espionage against the country is never good. But here we have a double standard prosecuting espionage for Israel with harsh penalties compared to espionage for Iran with minimal penalties.


“Stewart Nozette's greed exceeded his loyalty to our country,”

Unlike all those (as yet unindicted) Wall Streeters who brought down our economy....

michael r steinberg

Greed begets corruption.


“Stewart Nozette's greed exceeded his loyalty to our country,” U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. said.

Sounds a loot [sic] like our Congress.

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