FBI initiates conversation with some out-of-work scientist, asks for information about US technology, claiming to be Israeli (but could be anybody, guy has no way of knowing!). Guy claims he has no access to the information, but "remembers" it, offers to answer questions, demands $11,000. FBI pays him, gets its "answers". There will be no trial, charges will be dropped - here's why: The guy will simply claim that he needed money, somebody he didn't know, who he took to be a technology thief, phoned him claiming to be "Israelis", and even though he told them he had no actual access, he decided to sell them some made-up, bogus, incorrect answers to their questions, and made off with their $11,000, laughing all the way to the bank. What's the crime then - fraud? Who presses this charge, since it was a sting, no real purchaser involved? That this became an FBI press release within a month of the guy 1st being approached says its more of an FBI publicity stunt, vs. doing their job. Yawn.
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from the article: U.S. arrests ex-NASA scientist over bid to spy for Israel