The wife of Jonathan Toebbe, the US Navy nuclear engineer accused of trying to sell secrets to a foreign power, is a staunch supporter of progress and Black Lives Matter, it has been revealed.
Diana Toebbe, who has also been accused of selling classified information to an undercover FBI agent posing as a foreign agent, has always supported liberal figures and causes on social media.
The 45-year-old’s social media posts to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook were reviewed by Fox News, which said she was using her maiden name, Smay, on the platforms.
Among the results were a profile photo that reads “Black Lives Matter” and an article celebrating Black Out Tuesday last year, when social media users protested against racism by posting a black square and taking a break from it. a day.
Diana’s Twitter account is also said to follow several anti-Trump accounts such as the “Rogue NASA” account, which claims to be the “unofficial” NASA “resistance team.
Additionally, days after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president in 2017, Diana retweeted an image that read:
“For the rest of the world, due to a lack of moral courage, America is temporarily down. We hope to restore service as soon as possible.
“In the meantime, we in the resistance movement join hands with those around the world who realize that we are one people. May the forces of good be with us. # The Resistance.”
Diana’s alleged Facebook account included various posts supporting 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the LGBTQ community, including a photo of the transgender flag.
She also posted a meme in October 2016, which read, “Women can stop Trump.”
The now-fired teacher appears to be a fan of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as she shared one of her quotes days after her death.
He said, “Fight for the things that matter to you. “
Her most recent profile photo shows her posing with purple hair in a selfie.
Diana’s Instagram mainly showed photos of her family and other daily life details such as dinner parties.
Fox News also looked at Jonathan’s Facebook account and discovered that the last post was from 2013.
His posts included stories from The Onion website, including one with the headline: “New GOP Strategy Involves Re-election of Obama, Making His Life Even More Miserable.”
On Monday, it also emerged that the accused couple, both registered Democrats, were once high school teachers in Denver.
Jonathan was a science teacher at Kent Denver School between 2005 and 2008, while Diana also taught science there from 2005 to 2012, according to 9News.
Diana and Jonathan, 42, were arrested in West Virginia on Saturday after he placed a removable memory card in a pre-established “dead drop”, according to the Department of Justice.
The criminal complaint detailing his espionage charges explains his mission to sell the secrets to a foreign power.
The program began in April 2020, the FBI said, when Toebbe sent a package of Navy documents to a foreign government.
He reportedly wrote that he wanted to sell manuals, performance reports, and other sensitive information regarding Virginia-class nuclear sub-reactors.
Authorities said Toebbe also provided instructions on how to conduct the secret relationship, with a letter saying: “I apologize for the poor translation into your language.
“Please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe this information will be of great value to your nation. This is not a hoax.”
The unidentified foreign government sat on the explosive information until December of last year, when it allegedly turned it over to US authorities.
According to the criminal complaint, Toebbe hid encrypted memory cards in a peanut butter sandwich, a packet of chewing gum, and a bandage wrap.
The 42-year-old had worked for the US government since 2012, enjoying top-secret security clearance and specializing in naval nuclear propulsion.
The FBI said he was also assigned to a government-owned lab in Pittsburgh that works on nuclear power for the US Navy.
A laborious mission lasting several months then began to convince the father of two that he was in contact with a foreign government official.
An undercover FBI agent reportedly contacted Toebbe and agreed to pay thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency for the information he offered.
After winning the confidence of the initially suspicious engineer, the agent sent him $ 10,000 in cryptocurrency, which was described as a sign of good faith, according to documents.
Weeks later, federal agents said they saw the Toebbes arrive at an agreed location in West Virginia for the exchange.
Diana appeared to be her husband’s lookout for a dead-end operation for which the FBI paid $ 20,000, officials said.
Law enforcement recovered a blue memory card wrapped in plastic, placed between two slices of bread on half of a peanut butter sandwich, according to court documents.
The records on the memory card included design elements and performance characteristics of the Virginia-class submarine reactors.
The Justice Department describes these submarines as “fast attack cruise missile submarines, which incorporate the latest technology in stealth, intelligence gathering and weapon systems.”
The memory card also included a typed message which read, in part: “I hope your experts are very satisfied with the sample provided and I understand the importance of a little exchange to increase our confidence.
In another post, Toebbe reportedly made it clear that he hoped his so-called foreign ally would be able to extract him and his family if he was ever in danger, stating: “We have passports and the money set aside for this purpose “.
The FBI said it had conducted similar exchanges over the next few months, including one in August in eastern Virginia for which Toebbe was paid around $ 70,000.
In this case, prosecutors said he hid a memory card in a packet of gum containing blueprints for the Virginia-class submarine.
WE LEAVE “LESSONS”
The criminal complaint against the couple alleges violations of the Atomic Energy Act, which restricts the disclosure of information relating to atomic weapons or nuclear materials.
Email exchanges suggest Toebbe was offering the sensitive information to a nation that already has nuclear submarines.
In a post, he reportedly said the leaked data “reflected decades of” lessons learned “from the US Navy that will help keep your sailors safe.”
Toebbe used two pseudonyms – Alice Hill and Bob Burn – in the emails in an attempt to cover up his true identity, officials said.
It is not known how many are the couple, who live in Annapolis, MD.
Espionage carries a maximum penalty of ten years under US law.
Toebbe’s wife Diana, who teaches humanities at Key School, has been suspended indefinitely from the private educational institution in Annapolis.
The couple are scheduled to appear in West Virginia federal court on Tuesday.
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