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Sunday, November 16, 2014

A new Israeli spy scandal?

Shavua tov, a good week to everyone from Boston where I have been freezing... and working....

Did an Israel send classified information from the Jet Propulsion Lab at Cal Tech University to his PhD adviser in Israel? That's what a Cal Tech professor is claiming.

Let's go to the videotape.

No, that's not how he sent it. This is (Hat Tip: Joe L).
The former Caltech research scholar who is the catalyst for the lawsuit is identified as Amir Gat. He is in Israel and employed as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at ITT, an Israeli government institution, according to the complaint.
Troian alleges a virus attack in May 2010 caused hundreds of project files on her computer to be uploaded to an unknown IP address outside of Caltech. She later discovered the virus originated from Gat’s laptop and repeatedly notified Caltech officials about her findings, according to the lawsuit.
Gat admitted he shared details of a top-secret new space micropropulsion system with his doctorate advisor, Daniel Weihs, at ITT without first getting permission from the U.S. government. Weihs is a member of Israel’s National Steering Committee for Space Infrastructure of the Ministry of Science, chair of Israel’s National Committee for Space Research and chief scientist at the Ministry of Science and Technology, according to the suit.
Also without proper approval from the U.S. Department of State, Gat allegedly made 65 online postings about key operating principles for the micropropulsion device, according to the lawsuit.

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At 3:17 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

What would be really good is if the scientists who come to the U.S. for training would innovate and share that with the U.S., rather than just hoovering up other people's work. One can see it clearly with the U.S. stealth fighter look of China's new stealth fighter. Where I live, breaches bring flex cuffs, trials, jail time. So this story is questionable...

This brings up the post on IM earlier of lining up with China, technology wise... If Chinese improvements end up in Iran (e.g., the UAV that Obama allowed to stay, undamaged, in Iran, and rumor was it went to China, and now Iran shows a new UAV that looks reverse engineered from the one Obama delivered), then why not be 100% onside in all this stuff? 100%. And if this materials thing has been done wrong, do the prosecutions there. Not holding the line in Israel will make the teaming process more difficult in the U.S. Not a good idea.

I mean, even from back in the '80s and '90s... is this benefitting Iran? Be smart, people. Don't make a joke of or be brazen about getting away with stuff, because there is karma in tech development.

1999: BREACH AT LOS ALAMOS: A special report.; China Stole Nuclear Secrets For Bombs, U.S. Aides Say



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