Skip to comments.US: Defense Contractor Tried to Smuggle F-35 Blueprints to Iran
Posted on 01/14/2014 5:41:18 PM PST by kristinn
An engineer for a major American defense contractor tried to smuggle thousands of secret documents, including blueprints, on America's multi-billion-dollar F-35 stealth fighter to Iran in boxes labeled as "household goods," U.S. prosecutors say.
Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, was reportedly arrested late last week as he was attempting to travel to Germany and then on to Iran. Weeks earlier, Khazaee had arranged for a shipping company to take boxes containing "sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, and other proprietary material" related to the F-35 and its engines to a contact in Iran, according to an affidavit filed by a Special Agent of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
The reams of documents were discovered in November when Customs officers inspected a truck shipment Khazaee had sent from Connecticut to California, which was intended to go on to Hamadan, Iran, the affidavit said. The 44 boxes, which had been described to the shipping company as containing "books and college-related items, two suitcases, a vacuum cleaner and some other items," actually held "thousands of pages contained in dozens of manuals/binders relating to the JSF [F-35 Joint Strike Fighter] program."
Court documents describe Khazaee as having worked as an engineer for several defense contractors, leaving his most recent employer last August. None of the contractors are identified in the court documents, but the latest employer, Company A, is described as a Connecticut-based contractor that produced the F-22 Raptor's F-119 engine.
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Time to get the rope and make an example.
However, given the way Obama handles things like this, he will have the plans FED-EX’d to the Iranians as a goodwill gesture.
I see two immediate red flags here:
He was here in Indiana also, and worked at Rolls Royce, who manufactures the lift fan system.
It’s a good thing there are still a few honest people working in Customs. Now, I suppose Obama will have to tell John Kerry to take this stuff over in his diplomatic luggage.
A dual citizenship person is working on this? When one of them is Iranian?
Ah well, the Chinese almost certainly have it so why shouldn’t everyone else.
Won’t happen with the current regime ! Almost 30 years after the Shah of Iran was run out of office ! Thanks to Jimmy Carter !
> kill him.
Once found guilty, give him a firing squad.
Time to outlaw dual citizenship.
When I was in working on this stuff they went to my birth hospital and checked my fingerprints and footprints on the birth records. Then they verified my parents.
No kidding. WTF???
“Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen...”
Really? Seriously. Really? What freakin’ genius allows dual U.S.-Iranian citizens to work on highly classified, cutting edge military technology? In fact, just what the hell is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, anyway?
We are so far down the rabbit hole, we’ll never find our way out.
This is absolutely nuts.
The next question is who was the idiot who granted this guy a security clearance, and who was he security manager at all the places he stole data from?
I am so cynical of the Obungler administration, I have no doubt they would do exactly that. The treacherous bast---s.
The next question is who was the idiot who granted this guy a security clearance, and who was he security manager at all the places he stole data from? Nice work, Pratt and Whitney.
Just a little more paranoia and I could believe our government was helping him.
A good Background Investigation should have prevented this guy’s employment.
Oh I forgot, they probably aren’t permitted to ask a person’s ethnicity.
In my days in LE, 50-60 years ago, I never heard of a dual citizen. Is this a new phenomenon?
Yep, it’s a joke name.