ESPIONAGE CASES - UNITED STATES

Other Cases - By Name

M - R

Included here:

1. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni

2. Ronald N. Montaperto

3. Edwin G. Moore, II

4. Stewart D. Nozette

5. James S. Petersen, Jr.

6. Kurt Ponger and Otto Verber

7. Nada Prouty

Materials in each listing presented chronologically.

1. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni

Broad, William J. "Couple Accused of Passing Nuclear Arms Secrets." New York Times, 17 Sep. 2010. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 17 September 2010, physicist Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, both of whom once worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, were arrested and "charged with a criminal conspiracy to help Venezuela build an atom bomb.... The arrests ... and a 22-count indictment came after a sting operation" by the FBI. "The government did not accuse the Venezuelan government, or anyone working for it, of seeking weapons secrets."

The indictment for the Mascheronis in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico is available at: https://www.fas.org/irp/news/2010/09/masch-indict.pdf. See also, Associated Press, "Not-Guilty Pleas by Couple Accused of Passing Secrets to Venezuela," 20 Sep. 2010.

2. Ronald N. Montaperto

Gertz, Bill. "Ex-DIA Analyst Admits Passing Secrets to China." Washington Times, 23 Jun. 2006. [http://www.washingtontimes.com]

Former DIA analyst Ronald N. Montaperto "has pleaded guilty to illegally holding classified documents and admitted in a plea agreement to passing 'top secret' information to Chinese intelligence officials.... The guilty plea was part of an agreement reached [on 21 June 2006] in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.... A Pentagon official said Montaperto's value to China included both the secrets he shared and his role facilitating Chinese deception of U.S. intelligence by providing feedback on how those efforts were working."

3. Edwin G. Moore, II

"EDWIN G. MOORE II, a retired CIA employee, was arrested by the FBI in 1976 and charged with espionage after attempting to sell classified documents to Soviet officials.... A search of his residence yielded ten boxes of classified CIA documents. Moore retired from the CIA in 1973, and although financial gain was a strong motivational factor leading to espionage, it is known that he was disgruntled with his former employer due to lack of promotion. Moore ... was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was granted parole in 1979." U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Security Service, Recent Espionage Cases, 1975-1999.

4. Stewart D. Nozette

Wilber, Del Quentin. "Maryland Scientist Is Charged with Spying for Israel." Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2009. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to federal prosecutors, Stewart D. Nozette was charged on 19 October 2009 "with trying to sell top-secret information to Israel for $11,000.... Authorities said the charges stemmed [from] an undercover sting operation in which an FBI agent posed as an Israeli spy.... Nozette worked for the Energy Department's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1990 through 1999" and "was president of the Alliance for Competitive Technology, a nonprofit group he founded in 1990. He has held security clearances as high as top secret and had regular access to classified information as recently as 2006." Prosecutors and FBI officials said that Nozette gave the FBI agent "classified information about the country's satellites, early-warning systems and its ability to retaliate against a large-scale attack."

Associated Press,"US Scientist Indicted for Trying to Provide Israel with Classified Information," 22 Oct. 2009, reports the grand jury indictment of Nozette. Steven Aftergood, "Scientist Stewart Nozette Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage," Secrecy News, 8 Sep. 2011, reports that Nozette "pleaded guilty [on 7 September 2011] to attempted espionage for providing classified information to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer."

5. Joseph Sidney Petersen, Jr.

Petersen was an "NSA code-breaker charged in 1954 with providing secret documents to the Netherlands; served four years in prison." Scott Shane, "Some at NSA Betrayed Country," from Scott Shane and Tom Bowman, "No Such Agency," Baltimore Sun, reprint of six-part series, 3-15 December 1995, 6.

Wiebes, Cees. "Operation 'Piet': The Joseph Sidney Petersen Jr. Spy Case, a Dutch 'Mole' Inside the National Security Agency." Intelligence and National Security 23, no. 4 (Aug. 2008): 488-535.

Arrested in 1954, Petersen had been working for the Dutch for over 10 years.

6. Kurt Ponger and Otto Verber

Anderson, Jack, and Fred Blumenthal. "Trapped at the Washington Monument." Parade, 6 Jan. 1957, 6-8.

According to Pforzheimer, Studies 6.2 (Spring 1962), this article tells the story of two naturalized Americans, Kurt Ponger and Otto Verber, "who became Soviet intelligence agents in Vienna." Ponger was sentenced to 15 years in prison, while Verber received 10 years.

7. Nada Prouty

Shenon, Philip. "C.I.A. Officer Admits Guilt Over Hezbollah Files." New York Times, 14 Nov. 2007. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 13 November 2007, Nada Nadim Prouty, "[a] Lebanese-born C.I.A. officer" who previously worked for the FBI, "pleaded guilty ... to charges that she illegally sought classified information" from FBI computers about the radical Islamic group Hezbollah. Prouty "also confessed that she had fraudulently obtained American citizenship." She "faces up to 16 years in prison." The plea agreement "appeared to expose grave flaws in the methods used" by the CIA and FBI "to conduct background checks."

See also, Michael Isikoff, et al. "Dangerous Liaisons: Nada Prouty Worked for the FBI and CIA. Now There's Worry She's Not Who They Thought She Was," Newsweek, 26 Nov. 2007, 35; and Joby Warrick and Dan Eggen. "Ex-FBI Employee's Case Raises New Security Concerns: Sham Marriage Led to U.S. Citizenship," Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2007, A3.

Pelley, Scott. "The Case Against Nada Prouty." CBS: 60 Minutes, 28 Mar. 2010. [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/26/60minutes/main6335794.shtml]

The "60 Minutes" segment is certainly part of Prouty's public effort to generate support for her effort to regain her U.S. citizenship. The program includes favorable comments on her work from Bob Grenier, retired former CIA station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, and head of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center. Grenier is also quoted as saying that a full investigation "completely exonerated" Prouty of being a Hezbollah spy. Although her citizenship was revoked, the judge who sentenced her blocked her deportation. She lives today in Virginia as a "deportable alien."

Jeff Stein, "Spy Talk: The Haunting of Nada Prouty, a Counterterrorism Heroine," http://blog.washingtonpost.com, 30 Mar. 2010, calls the "60 Minutes" piece "sympathetic" to Prouty.

Prouty has a Website at http://nadaprouty.com/, which features her book -- Nada Prouty, Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

A Justice Department statement released to the Detroit Free Press on 19 March 2010 [http://www.freep.com], "makes no apologies for the prosecution of Nada Prouty.... Unfortunately, it appears that Prouty today seeks to cast herself as a victim of the U.S. government and the subject of an overzealous prosecution.... The only victim in this case was the U.S. government which was repeatedly defrauded by Prouty and risked compromise because of her illegal acts.... She has no one to blame but herself for her predicament."

See also, The Daily Star (Lebanon), "Ex-CIA 'Spy for Hizbullah' Fights to Stay in US," 23 Jun. 2010. [http://www.dailystar.com.lb]

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