(RoyalPatriot.com )- Over the weekend, a Navy engineer and his anti-Trump Resistance wife were arrested for allegedly trying to sell secrets about US nuclear submarines to an unnamed foreign power. Jonathan Toebbe, 42 and his wife Diana, 45, of Annapolis, Virginia were arrested by the FBI after a months-long sting operation.
The feds allege that Jonathan Toebbe, a Navy nuclear engineer with top-secret security clearance, sent a package of restricted Navy documents and other materials to an unnamed foreign country in April 2020. Toebbe included in the document’s instructions for how to obtain further information from him.
In December, that package ended up in the possession of the FBI. And using Toebbe’s offer for more documents, the FBI launched an undercover operation with an agent posing as a potential foreign representative looking to buy what Toebbe was selling.
After weeks of back and forth over emails, in June, the agent sent Toebbe about $10,000, in cryptocurrency describing it as a good faith payment. Weeks later, federal agents watched as both Diana and Jonathan Toebbe showed up at a location in West Virginia used as a dead-drop. As Diana kept lookout, Toebbe placed his cleverly disguised information in the dead-drop.
FBI recovered a blue memory card, wrapped in plastic and placed inside a peanut butter sandwich. The card contained design elements and performance characteristics of Virginia-class submarine reactors.
The Feds conducted similar dead-drop exchanges over the next several months, including an August dead-drop in eastern Virginia for which Toebbe was paid about $70,000 in cryptocurrency. Apparently Toebbe was really getting a kick out of playing the super-spy. That time, he hid the memory card in a chewing gum package.
On Saturday, the couple was arrested in Jefferson County, West Virginia as they were about to make another drop.
Diana Toebbe, a school teacher, was a virulent Trump-hater who followed several “Resistance” accounts on Twitter. Toebbe’s Facebook account was jammed with Resistance, Black Lives Matter, pro-Hillary and anti-Trump posts. Before the 2016 election, Diana Toebbe uploaded a profile picture with the words “Women Can Stop Trump” superimposed over it.
Both Jonathan and Diana Toebbe appeared in court on Tuesday for the formal reading of the charges against them. They have been charged with violations of the Atomic Energy Act.