US forces engineer couple to sell submarine secrets to foreign countries

A US Navy nuclear engineer and his wife are accused of spying for trying to sell nuclear submarine information to a foreign power.

A US Navy nuclear engineer and his wife are accused of spying for trying to sell nuclear submarine information to a foreign power.
A US Navy nuclear engineer and his wife are accused of spying for trying to sell nuclear submarine information to a foreign power.

According to a press release from the US Department of Justice, the couple Jonathan, 42, and Diana Toebbe, 45, were arrested by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Navy's Criminal Investigation Agency on 9. -ten.

This couple is from Annapolis, Maryland. They were arrested in Jefferson County, West Virginia after being found to have sold "limited data concerning the design of nuclear-powered warships" to a person representing a "foreign power" in the United States. throughout a year.

Both were charged with violating the Atomic Energy Act.

Jonathan works in the US Navy's "Nuclear Promotion Program". He was given limited access to data on the design of nuclear submarines and their reactors.

In April 2020, Jonathan allegedly sent a limited copy of data to a foreign government with a letter that read: "Please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe it will of great value to your country. This is not a hoax."

The indictment shows that Jonathan collected information slowly and carefully over many years of work, then "sneaked" through security checkpoints. The US Justice Department did not name the country Jonathan contacted to sell submarine data. Just know that a letter is intercepted or delivered to the FBI before reaching its destination.

Jonathan and his wife are said to be in contact with a secret agent to arrange an agreement to exchange data for digital currency. The agent transferred $10,000 in digital currency to Jonathan in June. He and his wife then went to West Virginia, where the SD card contained the data in a sandwich for the agent to pick up. Jonathan then sends the SD card encryption key in exchange for another $20,000.

Jonathan also hid the SD card in a pack of gum. The first two exchanges went smoothly, but Jonathan and his wife were arrested in the third exchange.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland praised the authorities responsible for solving the above case. Jonathan and his wife are scheduled to appear in West Virginia federal court on October 12.

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