Thursday, October 22, 2009

Indian Space Research Organization rules out threat after NASA spy arrest

NEW DELHI, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Wednesday asserted that the United States space scientist, who was arrested by the FBI for allegedly spying for Israel, was not "a reason for concern" even though he had played a key role in India's maiden moon mission.

"Senior American space scientist Daivd Nozette visited Bangalore and interacted with scientists there but had no access to critical ISRO establishments during the visits and there was no concern about loss of data," ISRO chief spokesperson S Satish told the media in the southern city of Bangalore.

"Not a matter of concern as all security protocols had been followed," he added.

The 52-year-old scientist, Nozette, was arrested by the FBI and charged with espionage for attempting to deliver classified defense document to an Israeli intelligence officer, the U.S. authorities said.

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