Submarine Secrets Go Well With Peanut Butter

A couple from Maryland was arrested on Saturday for trying to sell military secrets to a foreign government. 

A former lieutenant from the Navy, Jonathan Toebbe, and his wife, Diana Toebbe, are getting charged with violating the Atomic Energy Act for attempting to sell data regarding the design of nuclear-powered submarines to an agent of a foreign government, who was actually an undercover FBI agent. 

Toebbe’s position in the Navy granted him access to restricted data about naval nuclear technology. He also held a national security clearance that was issued to him by the Pentagon. 

The FBI spent several months communicating and investigating Toebbe after they noticed that he was trying to reach out to a foreign agent after he left the Navy. The undercover agents convinced a skeptical Toebbe that he successfully connected with a foreign government official and they reached an agreement to sell the restricted data for thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency. 

To complete the transaction, Toebbe would drop off the material in an agreed location, while his wife acted as a lookout, and the undercover agents would recover it later. 

On one occasion, authorities found a 16-gigabyte data card that was wrapped in plastic and stuffed inside half a peanut butter sandwich. Yes, you read that right. Sensitive military secrets jammed inside a peanut butter sandwich. 

Another transaction was completed by hiding an SD card in a chewing gum package. 

The couple will appear in a federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia on Tuesday.

NYC, NYCTastemakers, nuclearsubmarines, militarysecrets, jonathantoebbe, fbi, peanutbuttersandwich,

Share:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Join Our Mailing List

    Recent Articles

    “Latinx” is Not Helping the Democrat Party

    People from Latin America, or people of Latin American decent, are often referred to as “Latinos” if there are men involved in the group. In all female groups, they would be called “Latinas.” Democrats have recently tried to change this by only using a single term, “Latinx,” but it does not seem to be working for them.

    Former US Senator And Presidential Nominee Bob Dole Dies At 98

    In a statement released by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, it was announced longtime Republican Kansas senator, Bob Dole, died Sunday morning. The statement said, “It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died earlier this morning in his sleep. At his death at 98 he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”

    Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Resigns

    Sebastian Kurz has announced his resignation from the ÖVP (centre-right People’s party) after a corruption scandal forced him to also resign as Austrian Chancellor in October. Kurz states he no longer has any interest in politics and will now focus his efforts on his family and being a new father. He has been replaced as Chancellor by Alexander Schallenberg.

    Hey! Are you enjoying NYCTastemakers? Make sure to join our mailing list for NYCTM and never miss the chance to read all of our articles!