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US Navy nuclear engineer charged with trying to pass secrets to foreign country

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A US Navy nuclear engineer with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government, but who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department said Sunday.

In a criminal complaint detailing espionage-related charges against Jonathan Toebbe, the government said that he sold information for nearly the past year to a contact he mistakenly 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 45-year-old wife, Diana, after he placed a removable memory card at a prearranged “dead drop” in Jefferson County, according to the department.

It was not immediately clear whether either Toebbe had a lawyer. The Toebbes are from Annapolis, Maryland.


© The Times of Israel

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