A married couple has been arrested in the United States for trying to sell classified information about a nuclear submarine. However, it turns out that the buyer is not a representative of a foreign government, but an undercover FBI agent.
Jonathan Toby, 42, who has worked as an engineer for the US government since 2012, was arrested in West Virginia on Saturday with his 45-year-old wife, Diana, months after the covert operation.
The FBI became alarmed after Toby contacted a foreign government representative by mail in April 2020, whose name has not been released. He wrote that he wanted to sell brochures, performance reports, and other sensitive information.
For example, he wrote: ‘I apologize for this poor translation in your language. Please send this message to your Military Intelligence Agency. I believe this information will be of great value to your country. This is not a hoax.’ Court documents do not reveal how the FBI intercepted the letter.
In exchange for cryptocurrency
Then an FBI agent impersonated a state representative and agreed to pay thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency for the information Toebbe provided. He allegedly provided information several times.
For example, the FBI found a blue memory card wrapped in plastic sandwiched between two slices of bread on half a peanut butter sandwich. Once again, the information was hidden in the gum wrapper. His wife was always on the lookout. The couple were arrested in a third exchange of information.
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