HomeDoJ says Jonathan Toby, Naval engineer, tried to pass on the secrets of the nuclear submarine

DoJ says Jonathan Toby, Naval engineer, tried to pass on the secrets of the nuclear submarine

A Navy nuclear engineer with access to military secrets is tasked with trying to pass information about the design of US nuclear-powered submarines to someone believed to be a representative of a foreign government but who turns out to be undercover. FBI Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice said on Sunday.

In a criminal complaint detailing the espionage-related charges brought against Jonathan Toby, said the government he is She sold information about the past year to a contact he is It is believed to represent a foreign power. This country is not mentioned in court documents.

Toby, 42, was arrested in West Virginia on Saturday with for him Wife Diana, 45, after placing a removable memory card in a prearranged “dead drop” in the state, according to the Department of Justice.

It was not immediately clear whether Tobi’s family was of ancestry AnnapolisMaryland Attorneys. The Navy declined to comment on Sunday.

The FBI The scheme says it started in April 2020 when Jonathan Toby I sent a package of Navy documents to a foreign government and wrote that he is He was interested in selling operations manuals, performance reports, and other sensitive information to that country.

The authorities say he is He also provided instructions on how to manage the secret relationship, with a message that reads: “I apologize for this poor translation into your language. Please send this letter to your Military Intelligence Agency. I believe this information will be of great value to your nation. This is not a hoax.”

This package, which had a return address in Pittsburgh, was obtained by FBI Last December, through its legal attaché office in an unspecified foreign country. Court documents do not explain how FBI Came to receive the parcel or from whom.

Anyway, the FBI Toby used the communication as the starting point for a secret, months-long operation in which an agent pretending to be a representative of a foreign contact contacted Toebbe and agreed to pay thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency for the information Toebbe was providing.

After weeks of email back and forth, in June the secret agent sent Toebbe about $10,000 in cryptocurrency, describing it as a sign of goodwill and trust, FBI He says.


Weeks later, federal agents watched the Toebbes family arrive at an agreed-upon location in West Virginia for the exchange, where Diana Toebbe appeared to be escorting her husband during a dead-end drop he was to. FBI I paid $20,000.

The FBI He retrieved a blue memory card wrapped in plastic and sandwiched between two slices of bread on half of a peanut butter sandwich, according to court documents. Records on the memory card included design elements and performance characteristics of the reactors for Virginia-class submarines.

The Department of Justice describes these submarines as “fast-attack cruise-missile submarines, which incorporate state-of-the-art stealth technology, intelligence-gathering and weapons systems.”

The memory card also included a printed message that said in part: “I hope your experts are very pleased with the sample provided and understand the importance of the small exchange to grow our confidence.”

The FBI He made similar exchanges over the next several months, including one in August in Eastern Virginia for which Toebbe earned nearly $70,000. In that case, prosecutors say, he concealed in a memory card gum packet containing schematic designs of a Virginia-class submarine.

The complaint alleges a violation of the Atomic Energy Act, which restricts disclosure of information related to atomic weapons or nuclear materials.

Tobies is expected to appear for his first court hearing on Tuesday in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Jonathan Toby He has worked for the US government since 2012, holds a top-secret security clearance and specializes in naval nuclear propulsion, FBI He says. he is It was also assigned to a government-owned laboratory in the Pittsburgh area that officials say works in nuclear power for the US Navy.

No one answered at the Toebbe residence on a Sunday afternoon on the waterside Annapolis Society on the South River. There was an outside light lit above their door, and a dog barked inside.

John Cooley, who lives across the street from Toebbes, said he counted more than 30 FBI Clients are in his building on Saturdays from about 2:30 p.m. until after dark. He said clients entered the house.

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