Civilian US Navy engineer arrested for alleged attempt to spy for Egypt
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CAIRO: An Egyptian civilian engineer working for the U.S. Navy Nuclear Engineering and Planning Department at Norfolk Shipyard was arrested Friday on charges of attempting to leak clandestine information to what he believed was an Egyptian government operative.

According to an affidavit by the U.S. Justice Department, Saudi-born Mostafa Ahmed Awwad attempted to give schematic designs for the CVN 78 USS Ford aircraft carrier to an undercover FBI officer posing as a member of the Egyptian intelligence service in mid-October.

Awwad, 35, who department documents say is married to an American citizen and applying for U.S. citizenship, faces two counts of attempting to leak information and could face up to 20 years in prison for each count.

FBI agent James Blitzer wrote in the affidavit that Awwad was contacted by another agent with the pseudonym “Youssef,” who posed as a member of the Egyptian intelligence service. After meeting a number of times, the two agreed upon a drop point, and Awwad provided Youssef with sensitive information he obtained from his work with the navy, despite having signed a number of non-disclosure agreements.

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