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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Navy engineer admits trying to leak plans for new aircraft carrier to Egypt

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)A Naval engineer admitted Monday that he tried to leak drawings of the military’s new aircraft carrier to the Egyptian government — a plot that was foiled because the engineer was actually corresponding with an undercover FBI agent.

Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 36, of Yorktown, Va., pleaded guilty in federal district court in Norfolk to attempted espionage, acknowledging that he gave computer drawings of the USS Gerald R. Ford to an agent posing as an Egyptian intelligence officer.

As a part of his plea, Awwad will face a sentence of from between eight to 11 years in prison, court filings show.

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