Naval Engineer gets 11 Years

Friday, October 23, 2015 @ 10:10 AM gHale

A civilian U.S. naval engineer will be doing 11 years in prison for attempted espionage, after passing military technology secrets to an FBI undercover agent posing as an Egyptian intelligence officer.

Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 36, “took advantage of his position of trust within the Navy to share the schematics of the USS Gerald R. Ford nuclear aircraft carrier with individuals whom he believed were representing a foreign government,” said Assistant Attorney General John Carlin.

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Awwad had met the undercover FBI agent at a hotel and “described a detailed plan to circumvent U.S. Navy computer security by installing software on his restricted computer system that would enable him to copy documents without causing a security alert,” said a Department of Justice statement.

Awwad also provided the undercover FBI agent with four Computer Aided Drawings of a US nuclear aircraft carrier downloaded from the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Information system.

Later on Awwad travelled to a pre-arranged dead drop site hidden by “a secluded hiking trail” where he retrieved $3,000 from a concealed container disguised in a hole in the ground. He then placed an external hard drive and two passport photos inside the container.

At another meeting, Awwad exchanged a thumb-drive with the FBI agent for an “escape plan,” however this ended up being “a manila envelope with no real plan inside.”