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Teacher pleads guilty in conspiracy to sell nuclear submarine secrets — RT World News

Diana Toebbe is accused of helping her husband sell classified US Navy data to undercover FBI agents

The wife of a former US Navy nuclear engineer has pleaded guilty to conspiring with her husband to transmit restricted data to a foreign country for thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency.

Maryland teacher Diana Toebbe pleaded guilty on Friday “conspiracy to release restricted data related to the design of nuclear-powered warships”, just days after her husband, former US Navy engineer Jonathan Toebbe, also pleaded guilty to the same charge.

The two were arrested on October 9, 2021 after receiving $100,000 in cryptocurrency from undercover FBI agents posing as representatives of a foreign power. They allegedly stored the sensitive data on memory cards hidden in a packet of chewing gum and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which were then dropped off at various locations in the United States.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Diana Toebbe “served as a lookout while her husband dealt with three ‘dead-drops.'” Jonathan Toebbe was working on the naval nuclear propulsion program and at the time held a national security clearance.

Teacher pleads guilty in conspiracy to sell nuclear submarine secrets — RT World News

Although Diana Toebbe’s charge generally carries a sentence of up to life in prison, her sentence will not exceed 36 months, according to a plea agreement. She initially pleaded not guilty to the charge. Her husband faces between 12 and 17 years in prison.

According to the DOJ, Jonathan Toebbe “sent a package to a foreign government” which contained “a sample of restricted data and instructions for establishing a secret relationship to purchase additional restricted data.”

“Jonathan Toebbe began corresponding via encrypted email with an individual he believed to be a foreign government official. The individual was truly an undercover FBI agent,” the DOJ sued, saying Toebbe eventually agreed to sell the data for “thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency.”

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