August 31, 2011
High-tech worker pleads guilty to spying for Israel
A former employee of a Boston-area high-tech company pleaded guilty to handing over trade secrets to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.
Elliot Doxer, 43, who formerly worked for Akamai Technologies Inc., pleaded guilty to one count of foreign economic espionage Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
Akamai provides technology for delivering content over the Internet using remote or cloud services.
Doxer contacted the Israeli consulate in Boston in 2006, offering information and asking to be paid, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. An FBI agent posing as an Israeli consular official in Boston contacted Doxer to establish with him a place where he could leave information.
Israel Hayom reported that Doxer’s e-mail to the consulate, identified in the FBI agent’s affidavit as country X, read: “I am a Jewish American who lives in Boston. I know you are always looking for information and I am offering the little I may have ... We [Akamai] have more important clients, including the department of defense, airline manufacturers ... and Arab companies from Dubai ... I would be happy to provide information to you ...”
Israel contacted U.S. officials about Doxer’s offer.
Doxer provided information, including data about the company’s customers and contracts, some 62 times over the next 18 months.
Doxer, who agreed to a plea bargain faces a sentence of 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine; sentencing was set for Nov. 30.