[ISN] Man poses as astronaut steals NASA secrets

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Date: Thu Jun 04 1998 - 11:24:58 PDT

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    HOUSTON (Reuters) [6.4.98] - A licensed airline pilot posing as 
    an astronaut bluffed his way into a top-security NASA facility 
    and got secret information on the space shuttle during an 
    eight-month deception, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
    Jerry Alan Whittredge, 48, faces up to five years in jail and a
    $250,000 fine for misrepresenting himself as a federal employee, 
    the U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern Texas said.
    Whittredge contacted NASA's Marshall Space Center in Huntsville,
    Alabama, in November, claiming he had been chosen for a space 
    shuttle mission and requesting a tour of the facility.
    According to an affidavit by NASA special agent Joseph Gutheinz,
    Whittredge told NASA officials that he was a CIA agent and held 
    the Medal of Honor.
    On the basis of his false credentials he was granted a tour on 
    Nov. 21 and 22.
    "Mr. Whittredge was permitted to sit at the console of NASA 
    Mission Control (NASA's most secure area) at Marshall Space 
    Flight Center during a shuttle mission," the affidavit said.
    In March Whittredge tricked NASA into giving him confidential
    information about the shuttle's propulsion system and in May 
    he hoodwinked officials at Kingsville Naval Air Station in 
    Texas into giving him training on a T-45 flight simulator.
    Gutheinz said Whittredge had most recently been living in 
    Texas but did not appear to be employed there and that he 
    also had a permanent address in Florida.
    Whittredge made an initial appearance in court on Tuesday 
    and is due to attend a bond hearing on Friday.
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