CIVILIAN NAVY ENGINEER ARRESTED BY FBI
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The Navy had better tighten up security as to who gets to be a civilian engineer working on highly-classified jobs.
Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, a Saudi-born national, now married to an American woman he met in Cairo seven years ago, incredibly had access to key plans in the construction of the mighty aircraft carrier Gerald Ford, set to join the Fleet next year.
According to investigators, Awwad made contact with a man he thought to be an intelligence officer for the Egyptian government. In reality, "Yousof" was an Arabic-speaking FBI agent.
He promised Awwad, 35, cash payments in exchange for details on how the new warship, under construction at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, might be vulnerable to sinking by surface or air-fired missiles.
SPY PLANNED TO USE PINHOLE CAMERA
The two men met in city parks and exchanged information at "drops" along a path. Awwad received $3000 in cash for one set of secret drawings.
So eager was the 35 year-old Arab to act as a spy against the United States, he pressured "Yousof" for an extra $1500 so he could purchase a pinhole camera to take photographs of key ship construction documents.
His alleged treason could buy him 40 years behind bars. U.S. Attorney Dana Boente says Awwad could receive 20 years each on two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and technical data.