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(WASHINGTON) — A Navy Civilian Engineer was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to attempted espionage.

Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 36, pleaded guilty in June to attempting to provide schematics of a U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier to Egypt. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin said in a press release that Awwad “took advantage of his position of trust within the Navy to share schematics…with individuals whom he believed were representing a foreign government.”

“The mission of NCIS includes protecting Sailors and secrets,” Special Agent in Charge Tim Quick of the Naval Criminal Investigative Services. “Awwad endangered both; for personal gain and to help strengthen another nation’s military.”

According to court documents, Awwad was contacted by an undercover FBI agent in Sept. 2014 — about seven months after he began working for the Department of the Navy — requesting a meeting. Awwad met with the agent, posed as an Egyptian intelligence officer, and claimed he would use his position to acquire military technology for the use of the Egyptian government. In October 2014, Awwad met again with the agent, describing his plan to circumvent Navy security, and later dropping an external hard drive at a prearranged site in exchange for money.

In December 2014, Awwad told the agent he intended to travel to Egypt. He was arrested shortly thereafter. Awwad then pleaded guilty on June 15, 2015.

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