The US Federal Police (FBI), along with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), have arrested a Navy engineer and his wife, on espionage charges after selling the secrets of nuclear submarines.
“For about a year, Jonathan Toby, 42, with the help of his wife, Diana, 45, sold information known as Restricted Data about the design of nuclear-powered warships to someone he believed represented a foreign power. In fact, this person was a secret agent of the Office of Federal investigations”, the US Department of Justice detailed in a statement.
With this, both were charged in a criminal complaint alleging a violation of the United States Atomic Energy Act, in which a “conspiracy” to “send design information” to the submarines was detailed, according to the attorney general. General Merrick Garland.
Jonathan Toby is assigned to the Navy’s nuclear propulsion program and has received a security clearance from the Department of Defense, giving him access to some restricted data.
a) yes, In April 2020, it was reported that Toebbe sent a package to a foreign government with a sample of confidential data and instructions to establish a communication channel to exchange more information. This conversation went on for “several months” without her knowing that she was actually communicating with an FBI member, and it was even agreed to exchange data for thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency.
In this regard, the Ministry of Justice detailed a series of exchanges of memory cards – hidden in sandwiches or packs of gum – for more than $100,000 in cryptocurrency – more than €85,000.
finally, The US judge asserted that the complaint was “merely an accusation”, in that the accused would be presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
For their part, Toebbe’s partner was accused of conspiracy and sending classified information.
(With information from Europa Press)