Former nuclear engineer Mohammad Alavi seems to have captured the spirit of Sandy Berger when caught red-handed. Admit nothing and stick to your story, no matter how implausible. From MSNBC:
A former nuclear engineer accused of taking software back to his native Iran told authorities he was only trying to show off for family and friends. Mohammad Alavi, 49, also told FBI agents that he left his job at the nation's largest nuclear power plant and moved to Iran to be closer to relatives, according to records obtained by The Arizona Republic.
Alavi, who lived in the U.S. as a naturalized citizen for 30 years, is charged with violating a trade embargo with Iran, which carries a maximum penalty of 21 months in prison. Trial is set for July 3.
The software he downloaded onto his personal laptop was part of an emergency-training package containing details of the plant's control rooms, reactors and designs. It is not classified, has no links to actual plant workings and can't be used to affect operations.