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.
When my second cousin went into military intelligence in the early 80s, I had a couple of uniformed officers show up at my house to ask questions. They asked how close we were, did I trust her, did she have lots of boyfriends etc. They also asked if I had had recent contact with a friend of my parents who was a civilian psychologist at Wright Patterson AFB and did my cousin know him.
Yep, they checked everyone I knew Although it was the FBI showing up at my tiny hometown where everyone knew everyone else.
Had an asian girl in my school at first. Turned out she had false paperwork and was from china.
Same kind of place I grew up.
They should fire his ass too.
“Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen....”
We just identified where the problem lies.
Perhaps I am prejudiced.
What’s with this dual-citizenship crap?
“Its 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.”
Or stuff them in his underwear—another progressive Democrat favorite tactic.
Did he work for GE?
Exactly, no one over 18 should have a dual citizenship.
My thoughts too. Why in the he77 was this guy even close to these kinds of documents???? We truly have idiots running our classified programs now.
Let’s import hundreds of thousands of cheap H-1Bs from enemy countries.
What could possibly go wrong?
Ask Ted Cruz....
VERY smart secret agent operation i’m thinking. First,,,, we saddle the Iranians with the slowest, least maneuverable, shortest legged, lightest load carrying fighter being built today.
And we bankrupt them when they try to build them.
Very edgy operation.
Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!
To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...
But seriously, make me wonder if things like this are how the Iranians managed to take over and land that flying wing drone a year or so ago.
They had help.
Why there should be NO muzzies AT ALL involved in our military or our government!!
String him up and leave him for the crows!
Joint Iran-US citizenship? Nice vetting.
The next-door neighbor’s son was in in some kind of naval intelligence and they sent a couple of spooks to interview my husband about him.
The next-door neighbors son was in in some kind of naval intelligence and they sent a couple of spooks to interview my husband about him..................................LOL, they scared the crap out of my 78 yr old mom, but my neighbors handled it. LOL, I was living with a Russian couple at the time too. They went pretty deep into my back ground, a lot more than they did for Obama I’m sure.
Why are those red flags?
Because they are islamic names.
Post 33 may have it right, the F-35 is turning into such a flop that if Red China, Iran & our other potential adversaries go all out to make a lot of expensive copies, we may come out ahead. I think our aging Super Hornets may be superior to the F-35s.
A dual U.S.-Iranian citizen having access to sensitive documents? Who could have seen this coming? He should be hung and the idiot that hired him should be hung too.
and while we’re at it no student visas
No argument here!
It’s way past time to say enough is enough.
This guy immigrated to the U.S. in 1991, well after the Iranian revolution.
This guy kept dual-national status, including his Iranian passport.
This guy was granted access to sensitive defense information.
This is B.S. political correctness.
We used to never allow someone from an embargoed country such access. We used to not allow a American born child of a Soviet emigree was not allowed certain high-level clearances.
Of course, we cannot discriminate against citizens, especially citizens from the third world. But citizenship has become cheap, and apparently we do not look beyond that on a background check.
I bet this guy came to the U.S. claiming refugee status, and was allowed in outside of normal immigration quotas, and was fast-tracked to citizenship.
In the old days that might have been possible. Then again this is ABC News...
always good to have people on the other side I mean crapola when will we figure it out???
The affidavit states travel records show Khazaee has traveled to Iran at least five times in the last seven years
Wow. Up to ten years for stealing Billions of dollars worth of R & D that will really put off any imitators. I wonder if he faces deportation after he gets out.(/s)
Returned to Iran five times in seven years. The Inspector Clouseaus in charge of security are really on the ball.