Maui man denies leaking classified information to foreign powers

Maui man denies leaking classified information to foreign powers

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Noshir Gowadia told the jury after his job ended with defense contractor Northrop, he started his own company.

He testified in U.S. District Court Thursday that he marketed his knowledge of the B-2 bomber's stealth technology to Switzerland and Israel.

"I can't take the B-2's drawings to anybody, but the know how - how to do the designs - belongs to me," he said.

Gowadia said he sent letters to a contact in Switzerland and later a contact in Israel.

They included B-2 information, including charts and calculations. He said to his knowledge the documents were not classified but included charts he got out of a textbook. He said the B-2 information he included was bogus.

"I made up the numbers," he said. "I wanted to make it unbelievable, like the talking gecko in the commercial."

Gowadia is charged with selling classified information to the People's Republic of China and sending it to other foreign powers.

He said he was trying to help Switzerland develop anti-terrorism technology for that country's transport helicopters. He said the documents he sent were marketing statements.

"I was selling my capabilities," he said.

In 2005, government agents arrested Gowadia and searched his Maui home.

He is charged with espionage, money laundering and filing false tax returns.

If he's found guilty he could face life in prison.

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