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Iranian-American arrested for attempting to smuggle F-35 blueprints

(JNS.org) An Iranian-American former defense contractor employee was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey last week for attempting to smuggle out blueprints and other materials related to the F-35 joint strike fighter jet, U.S. prosecutors say. Mozaffer Khazaee, 59, a dual U.S. and Iranian citizen, was a former engineer at the Connecticut-based defense firm Pratt and Whitney. Khazaee was arrested at Newark as he attempted to board a flight last week to Frankfurt, Germany, then on to Iran. Weeks before that, Khazaee had arranged for a shipping company to take 44 boxes to Iran that prosecutors said held “thousands of pages contained in dozens of manuals/binders relating to the JSF [F-35 Joint Strike Fighter] program.” A number of America’s top allies, including Israel, are set to receive orders of the F-35 jet.

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