According to the Justice Department, a Navy nuclear engineer who had access to military secrets was accused of trying to give information on the design of U.S. submarines to an individual it believed to be a representative from a foreign government but turned out to actually be an undercover FBI agent. intermediary.
The government has filed a criminal complaint against Jonathan Toebbe alleging that he sold information for information purposes to a liaison who it believed represented a foreign power for almost the last year.
Attorney General Merrick Garland released a statement saying that “the complaint alleges a plot for information to transmit to a foreign country the design of our nuclear subsonic submarines.” press release. “The work of the FBI, prosecutors at the Department of Justice, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Department of Energy has been critical in thwarting the plot accused in the indictment and in taking this first step to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
This country was not mentioned by the court documents.
According to the Justice Department Toebbe had national security clearance through Department of Defense and was assigned to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
Federal prosecutors claim that Toebbe started selling military secrets in April 2020, when he sent a package containing naval documents to a foreign country.
Toebbe started sending encrypted emails in the months that followed, and he agreed to sell the information in return for thousands of dollars of cryptocurrency.
Prosecutors said that Toebbe received $10,000 in cryptocurrency as a payment of good faith in June 2021.
Toebbe, his wife Diana (45), was acting as a watchdog. On June 26, Toebbe met with the undercover agent at an agreed place in West Virginia. Toebbe concealed an SD card inside a peanut butter sandwich that contained top secret information. In exchange, $20,000.
On Saturday, Toebbe was arrested in West Virginia with his wife.
It isn’t immediately clear if Toebbe employs a lawyer.