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Ex-Akamai Worker Pleads Guilty in Economic-Espionage Case

August 30, 2011

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- A former employee of Akamai Technologies Inc. admitted providing trade secrets to an undercover U.S. agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.

Elliot Doxer, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of foreign economic espionage, according to a statement today from the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz in Boston.

Doxer sent an e-mail to the Israeli consulate in Boston in 2006 saying he worked in Akamai’s finance department and had information that might be helpful to Israel, the U.S. attorney’s office said in the statement. He said he wanted to be paid, the U.S. attorney said.

In 2007 a federal agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer contacted Doxer and established a place where he could leave information. He provided the agent with data about Akamai’s customers and contracts.

Akamai, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, provides technology for delivering content over the Internet.

Doxer faces a sentence of 15 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Denise Casper set sentencing for November 30.

--Editors: Fred Strasser, Peter Blumberg

To contact the reporter on this story: Don Jeffrey in New York at djeffrey1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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