Update on a case previously posted on SCJB:
Navy engineer pleads guilty to selling top-secret nuclear submarine secrets
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 7:36PM
WASHINGTON (AP) – A Navy nuclear engineer pleaded guilty Monday to passing information about American nuclear-powered warships to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government but who was [actually an undercover FBI agent.]
Jonathan Toebbe, 43, pleaded guilty in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to a single count of conspiracy to communicate restricted data. The sentencing range agreed to by lawyers calls for a potential punishment between roughly 12 years and 17 years in prison…
There are several elements in this case that are noteworthy:
He held a DOD top-secret clearance.
The monetary exchange requested by Toebbe was cryptocurrency.
The foreign government involved is not named and assumed to be a friend or ally to the U.S. (they allowed the FBI to rig a signal flag at their embassy). I.e., not on the ODNI watchlist.
The wife was involved (foreign government contact?).