U.S. government space scientist Stewart David Nozette has pleaded guilty to one count of attempted espionage for trying to sell classified information to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer, the Associated Press reported Sept. 7.
The plea agreement includes a sentence of 13 years in prison, with credit for two years of time served, AP said. Nozette has been in jail since his arrest in 2009.
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. He was known for his involvement with President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative missile defense effort.