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US Navy Engineer Gets Arrested for Leaking Sensitive US Submarine Information, FBI Agent Takes Hold of the Couple Involved
Team Sea and Coast | 12/10/2021
Jonathan Toebbe, a US Navy Engineer, and his spouse, Diana Toebbe have been arrested on the charges of attempting to sell secrecy and confidential information about the design of nuclear-powered US Navy Warships to a person, who they believed to be a representative of a foreign power.
The US Department of Justice said that Toebbe possessed security clearance with the aid of which they communicated unwittingly to FBI Agents and passed ultra-sensitive military and defense information across the person who was an undercover FBI agent. The exchange of information spread across a span of almost one year.
In December 2020, an FBI official received a package from someone attempting to establish “a covert relationship” with a representative from a foreign country, identified only as “COUNTRY1” in court documents.
The package had the return address of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania listed with a sample of restricted data and instructions for establishing a covert relationship to obtain additional information. Going further, Toebbe started to communicate via encrypted email with the foreign representative who was however an undercover FBI agent. The correspondence resulted in an information exchange agreement in lieu of thousands of dollars in form of cryptocurrencies.
The FBI Agent sent 10,000 USD in the form of cryptocurrency to Toebbe as a ‘good faith’ pay. Thereafter, Toebbe agreed to visit a location in West Virginia with his wife. An SD Card mastered in peanut butter sandwich was dropped at the prearranged location.
The undercover agent, in lieu of the decryption key for the SD Card, sent 20,000 USD via cryptocurrency. The SD Card contained sensitive details about US Submarine Nuclear Reactors. The FBI agent arrested Toebbe and his wife after two more ‘drop-dead parcels. Being an employee at the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, Jonathan carried sensitive information about the military sensitive design elements, operating parameters and performance characteristics of the reactors for nuclear-powered warships. 
Attorney General Merrick B Garland welcomed the arrest. “The work of the FBI, Department of Justice prosecutors, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Department of Energy was critical in thwarting the plot charged in the complaint and taking this first step in bringing the perpetrators to justice,” he said.
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