A Navy nuclear engineer and his wife have been charged with repeatedly trying to pass secrets about U.S. nuclear submarines to a foreign country, in an alleged espionage plot discovered by the FBI, according to court documents.
Authorities say Jonathan Toebbe, who has a top-secret clearance, “has passed, and continues to pass, Restricted Data as defined by the Atomic Energy Act … to a foreign government …
According to another article Toebbe held a TS DOE Q clearance.
When you read between the lines on this story a couple things jump out. The country involved is not China or Russia and is in some way an ally. Also, I think we now have a case of espionage motivated simply by political disaffection (see link to UK DM story). While ideology has been a motivation in espionage cases in the past (e.g., Christopher Boyce, Rosenbergs, etc.) I don’t think politics has been a central motivation is past American espionage cases. Nb: the Reality Winner disclosure of classified information did not involve a foreign country (espionage).
This is a good lesson for NATSEC investigators— as well as every citizen— that we have to be on guard not to fall into the addiction of our times, the addiction of politics (or alcohol, gambling, drugs, money, sex, et al. ).