Nozette Update

Some fascinating detail from the Jerusalem Post:

According to the taped conversation, only brief excerpts of which were provided in the 18-page affidavit, Nozette expected to be recruited by Israel since he had been working on sensitive defense information as part of his job consulting for the Israeli-owned company for the last decade.

"I knew this day would come," he allegedly said. "I knew you guys would show up."

The affidavit also quotes him as saying, "I thought I was working for you already. I mean that's what I always thought, [the foreign company] was just a front." Though the affidavit doesn't name the business, press reports have identified it as Israel Aerospace Industries.

There is no evidence at present that the Mossad was in fact recruiting him or had recruited him - just that he hoped they would.

The FBI presumably suspected he had - and the company he worked for, IAI, was owned by the Israeli government, and another alleged spy for Israel had worked there, according to Laura Rozen. Another thing worth noting:

Another former associate wrote (in 2004) that Nozette used to write speeches for Dan Quayle (Nozette worked in the George H.W. Bush/Dan Quayle White House). Another associate who says he's known Nozette 30 years also writes that he is shocked.

Quayle? If true, how did he get that job? Here's his friend's reaction:

I didn’t know he was Jewish. And maybe he’s not, but while I wouldn’t be shocked (in retrospect) to learn that he is, it seems more mercenary than ideological. I wonder if he was in financial trouble, or if something snapped after working in frustration for the government for three decades, with little progress in space. I mean, what “other foreign country”? It seems to be more anti-US than pro-Israel.