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U.S. Navy Engineer, Wife Charged For Sale Of Nuke Sub Secrets

A nuclear engineer for the US Navy and his wife have been charged with trying to share some of the Navy’s most closely held secrets on submarine technology with another country, according to court documents unsealed on Sunday.

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The engineer, Jonathan Toebbe, was accused of trying to sell information on the nuclear propulsion system of US Virginia-class attack submarines — the technology at the heart of a recently announced deal with Britain and Australia, Julian E. Barnes and David E. Sanger reported for the New York Times.

Eric Tucker of the Associated Press (AP) reported that Toebbe tried to pass the information about the design of US nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government but who turned out to be an undercover agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Justice Department said.

In a criminal complaint detailing espionage-related charges against Jonathan Toebbe, the government said he sold information for nearly the past year to a contact he believed represented a foreign power.

That country was not named in the court documents. Toebbe, 42, was arrested in West Virginia on Saturday along with his wife, Diana, 45, after he had placed a removable memory card at a prearranged “dead drop” in the state, according to the Justice Department.

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The FBI says the scheme began in April 2020 when Jonathan Toebbe sent a package of Navy documents to a foreign government and wrote that he was interested in selling to operations manuals to that country, also performance reports, and other sensitive information, Brian Witte, Robert Burns, and Adrian Sainz also reported for AP.

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