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From finance department clerk to Israeli 007 – or so he thought

Guilty plea entered in US court in Boston in the case of a former Internet company employee who provided trade secrets to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.

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A former Internet company employee has pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to engaging in foreign economic espionage after he provided trade secrets to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.

Elliot Doxer admitted at a court hearing that he provided confidential information from his employer, Akamai Technologies, Inc., over an 18-month period to someone he thought was working for the Israeli government.

Doxer was arrested in October and charged with wire fraud.

In a plea agreement on Tuesday, federal prosecutors dropped the fraud charge in exchange for Mr. Doxer’s admission that he engaged in economic espionage on behalf of a foreign government.

He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. US District Judge Denise Casper set sentencing for Nov. 30.

The case features several unusual twists and turns in the case of a finance department employee who apparently sought to become a real-life 007.

According to court documents, the alleged espionage operation stems from a June 2006 email Doxer sent to the Israeli Consulate in Boston.

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