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Navy Engineer And Wife Arrested After Trying To Sell Nuclear Secrets To Foreign Powers

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Like the plot for a new action film starring some liberal A-list celeb, a U.S. Navy nuclear engineer and his wife are facing espionage charges when they were caught trying to sell nuclear submarine secrets to foreign powers. While selling secretive data to any supposed enemy of the United States are some serious charges, the story gets even stranger as the couple thought the best way to exchange the secrets was through a peanut butter sandwich.

On Saturday, both Jonathan Toebbe, 42, and his wife, Diana, 45, were arrested in West Virginia for their crimes. According to the justice department, the FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Services were on hand to make the arrest. They added the couple allegedly, “sold information known as Restricted Data concerning the design of nuclear-powered warships to a person they believed was a representative of a foreign power.”

The investigation into the couple’s international dealing started when an undercover agent sent $10,000 in cryptocurrency to Jonathan Toebbe as a sign of good faith. After the payment was received, Jonathan arranged a drop location with Diana being the lookout. It was at this point that a peanut butter sandwich was presented, inside was a neatly wrapped SD card, which again contained secrets pertaining to U.S. submarine nuclear reactors.

Even with the SD card in hand, investigators needed a decryption key to gain access. This required sending Jonathan another $70,000 in crypto. When the payment was received, Jonathan not only sent the password but included a way to get in contact with him for future purchases. “I apologize for this poor translation into your language. Please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe this information will be of great value to your nation. This is not a hoax.” 

Being charged under the Atomic Energy Act, the Department of Justice added, “After making a payment to Toebbe of $70,000 in cryptocurrency, the FBI received a decryption key for the card. It, too, contained Restricted Data related to submarine nuclear reactors. The FBI arrested Jonathan and Diana Toebbe on Oct. 9, after he placed yet another SD card at a pre-arranged “dead drop” at a second location in West Virginia.”

This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on October 11, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
8 days ago

Rerun the 1980s again Pollard etc??

Redwolf
Redwolf
8 days ago

Hang them in public from the highest tree and put it on worldwide media as a warning to others.

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
8 days ago

Were they vaccinated?

Tom Tucker
Tom Tucker
8 days ago

The Biden (Obama) administration and the traitor Milley will probably drop all charges and give them whatever they need to sell to whomever they want.

Mr Clark
Mr Clark
8 days ago

Much like the Walker family of spies. Father and son combo, both in the US Navy. Lock them up and throw the key away

FAITH Lancaster
FAITH Lancaster
8 days ago

That is called TREASON, and it is punishable by DEATH ! That is what happened to the Rosenbergs, a long time ago.

Hoshuteki
Hoshuteki
8 days ago

AMEN!! Same fate should await them!!

Greenman21
Greenman21
8 days ago

Not sure quite how a simple decryption-key can contain anything other than the encryption “KEY” – but there again, this is obviously another FBI inspired “Sting Operation” so “Finding Mars hidden inside the Moon” is simply another possibility for enthusiastic leftist Press and other Media to explore publicly – will the USA ever return to the real world ? Probably not ;)