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(MARTINSBURG, Va.) – A current U.S. Navy engineer and his wife have been charged with sending restricted naval data internationally, with the intention of selling it, court records unsealed during the weekend show.
Jonathan Toebbe and his wife, Diana Toebbe, reportedly communicated via encryption services with an undercover FBI agent and attempted to sell restricted underwater data, according to a criminal complaint.
The FBI has been involved in the case from the start, according to court documents.
As of December 2020, an unspecified country received a package from the United States, containing documents from the US Navy as well as an SD disk and a letter explaining that it was not a hoax, according to the FBI.
“Please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe this information will be of great value to your nation,” the letter reportedly said in the package. “This is not a hoax.”
They handed him over to the FBI’s legal attache in the country, and the FBI began communicating via encrypted email, according to the complaint. Apparently on the other side of that encrypted email was Jonathan Toebbe.
The FBI alleges it requested cryptocurrency compensation by writing in an email that “Face to face meetings are very risky for me, as you will certainly understand. I offer to exchange gifts by electronically, for mutual security. “
An undercover FBI agent he communicated with posed as a representative of a foreign country and suggested a drop-off location to allow him to file sensitive information, according to the complaint.
Court documents indicate that Toebbe requested that a signal be placed in the country’s main building as a sign of good faith during his visit to Washington, DC, which the FBI placed, and as a sign of good faith, paid to Toebbe $ 10,000 in cryptocurrency.
After the exchange, the government alleges that Teobbe dropped sensitive documents in West Virginia while his wife acted as a lookout.
“Records show that JONATHAN TOEBBE is a government employee working as a nuclear engineer for the United States Navy and holds an active Top Secret security clearance through the United States Department of Defense and an active Q clearance from the United States Department of Defense. Energy “, state of documents.
The government alleges Toebbe put an SD card containing restricted naval data in a peanut butter sandwich.
“Specifically, the US Navy subject matter expert determined that several of the documents contained design elements, operating parameters and performance characteristics of militarily sensitive Virginia-class submarine reactors.” , state the court documents.
In total, Toebbe was reportedly awarded $ 100,000 for filing restricted data.
He would have made three deposits.
The US Navy subject matter expert determined that several documents on the SD card contained restricted data. Specifically, the US Navy subject matter expert determined that the document contained schematic designs for the Virginia-class submarine. Virginia-class submarines are nuclear-powered cruise submarines, rapid missile attack submarines, which incorporate the latest technology in stealth, intelligence and weapons systems, âthe documents say. in at least 2060. “
The Toebbes were arrested Saturday in Jefferson County, West Virginia, by the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). They will appear in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia on Tuesday. They were indicted in a criminal complaint alleging violations of the atomic energy law.
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