A nuclear engineer with the U.S. Navy and his radical wife who stand accused of stealing and selling secretive submarine technology were enthusiastic supporters of Black Lives Matter, Hillary Clinton, “The Resistance,” and other left-wing causes.
According to federal prosecutors, Jonathan Toebbe and his wife, Diana, of Annapolis Maryland, allegedly sold restricted data about the design of nuclear-powered warships to someone they believed was an agent of a foreign power.
Instead, the buyer was actually an undercover FBI agent.
Jonathan Toebbe worked for the Navy under the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. As such, he had access to classified material nuclear propulsion systems and the operating parameters and performance characteristics of reactors for nuclear-powered warships.
Toebbe’s deceit began in April 2020, when he sent a sample of the restricted data he could obtain. After corresponding for several months with the undercover agent, Toebbe set up a deal.
Prosecutors say on June 8, 2021, the undercover agent sent $10,000 in cryptocurrency to Jonathan Toebbe as a “good faith” payment. On June 26, the Toebbes traveled to West Virginia.
There, as his wife served as a lookout, Jonathan Toebbe left a computer memory card hidden in half a peanut butter sandwich at a dead-drop site. The agent took the card and wired the Toebbes another $20,000. The memory card contained secret info about submarine nuclear reactors.
On Aug. 28, Jonathan Toebbe cut another deal, this time leaving a memory card in Virginia in a chewing gum package. The agent subsequently sent him $70,000 in cryptocurrency. That card, too, held restricted data about submarine nuclear reactors.
FBI agents scooped up the alleged spies on Saturday after they left a third card at a site in West Virginia.
According to the DOJ, Jonathan Toebbe included a note in the first transaction that said, “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.”
The feds did not disclose which country the Toebbes thought they were dealing with.
But, Fox News Reported, Diana Toebbe, according to her social media accounts, was an anti-Trump radical. Her posts expressed support for the LGBT community, Black Lives Matter, Clinton, and other left-wing causes.
As one example, the network noted that one of her posts, a retweet of something issued shortly after trump’s inauguration, read, “To the rest of the world, due to an insufficient amount of moral courage, America is temporarily out of order. We hope to restore service as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we in the resistance movement join hands with those around the world who realize we are one people. May the forces of good be with us. #TheResistance.”
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