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    A US Navy nuclear engineer and his wife face life behind bars after entering new guilty pleas in a case involving an alleged plot to sell secrets about nuclear-powered warships to Brazil. Jonathan and Diana Toebbe of Annapolis, Maryland, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to one felony count each of conspiracy to communicate restricted data. The couple were first arrested in October 2021, after trying to sell submarine secrets to Brazil, a plan reportedly motivated in part by Diana Toebbe's outrage over Donald Trump's election as US president. After Brazilian officials alerted the FBI, an elaborate sting operation snared the couple leaving military secrets at dead-drops, including one where a digital memory card was hidden in a peanut butter sandwich.   The new guilty pleas came a month after US District Judge Gina Groh rejected the couple's initial pleas to the same charges, saying the sentencing options were 'strikingly deficient' considering the seriousness of the case.  The previous sentencing range in the initial plea deals had called for Jonathan to face a potential punishment between roughly 12...
    A former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official is shedding light on the reason why he believes former President Donald Trump may have wanted to keep classified documents in his possession. On Wednesday, September 7, former FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi discussed the case with MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle. During his appearance, Ruhle asked why Trump may have found it beneficial to store information about a foreign country's nuclear secrets. Figliuzzi weighed in with his perspective and insisted that the former president might have done so for potential financial gain. READ MORE: Donald Trump's ex-aides think there are 'more highly classified documents' at other Trump properties "If I were to be asked what the highest price tag or highest value might be on what kind of classified US government information, certainly among the top of my answers would be: nuclear-related information," he said. He went on to further explain why that type of sensitive documentation has "potentially the greatest value" if anyone were to try to "market it and capitalize" on access to such information. "Well, first, a...
    (CNN)How much danger has former President Donald Trump's handling of classified documents created?Since news broke last month that FBI agents found 11 sets of classified materials during a search of Trump's Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, much of the attention has focused on how much legal trouble he faces. Frida GhitisBut the latest reporting from the Washington Post, that Trump kept super-secret information about another country's nuclear capacity highlights just how much risk Trump's mishandling of classified documents has potentially created, not just for the United States but also for other countries -- and possibly for the rest of the world.Nuclear programs are the most sensitive of all weapons systems. Whether the information is about US friends or foes, Trump's disregard for the safety of nuclear secrets shows the most reckless disregard for American and global security.We don't know if anyone else has seen the documents the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago, but by keeping nuclear secrets at his Florida resort, and thus potentially making it easier for others to access that information, he risked undercutting US security regarding the most powerful weapons...
    Republican allies of former President Donald Trump have hammered the Justice Department for leaks after it was reported another country's top secret nuclear information was found in the raid of Mar-a-Lago. The alleged discovery of highly sensitive information was reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday. The report claimed “a document describing a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, was found by FBI agents who searched” Mar-a-Lago last month, citing “people familiar with the matter.” The former president's defenders immediately took aim at the department in the wake of the information making its way into the media. Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich tweeted: “The Washington Post continues to serve as the propaganda arm of the Biden administration, and instead of operating openly and honestly, they collude in never-ending leaks and lies at the expense of the integrity of the FBI and DOJ.” WHITE HOUSE CLAIM BIDEN WASN'T BRIEFED ON TRUMP INVESTIGATION CONTRADICTED BY NATIONAL ARCHIVES Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also condemned the leaks and cautioned against automatically...
    Steve Doocy maintained his criticism for Donald Trump’s handling of classified information in light of the latest reports about what kinds of documents the former president was keeping at Mar-a-Lago. Fox & Friends interviewed Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday and led off the segment with the Washington Post’s reporting  that some of the Mar-a-Lago documents pertained to the secret nuclear capabilities of an unknown foreign country. This information is so secret that even the FBI agents who searched Mar-a-Lago lacked the security clearance necessary to look at these documents. So Doocy asked Rubio why would Trump store them at his estate. “You can understand why when you first heard about this stuff, you heard, well, maybe it’s things like a note from Kim Jong-un to President Trump that he wanted to keep his hands on,” said Doocy. “But then, if true, this Washington Post report, highly classified documents at Mar-a-Lago that only a cabinet-level officer or higher could even look at. That doesn’t seem like the kind of thing you should have in your post-presidential desk drawer.” Throughout the...
    President Donald Trump ripped the US Magistrate Judge who ordered the release of a redacted version of the affidavit behind the search warrant of his Mar-a-Lago home, faulting the judge for what he called a 'Break-In.' Trump issued the attack on his Truth Social network, after the heavily blacked out document revealed new details of the back and forth between his lawyers and the government as it tried to claw back material removed from the White House. He also accused the judge of harboring 'animosity' against him, for having recused himself from a separate case involving a Trump suit, although Judge Bruce Reinhart never gave a reason for doing so.   'Affidavit heavily redacted!!!' Trump began, referencing the numerous blocked out portions of the document. The Justice Department said it was to protect sources and methods and intimidation of witnesses. Trump and allies had called for its release, and media organizations intervened to try to get more information. Trump went on to say there was 'nothing mentioned' in it about nuclear secrets, although it is difficult to evaluate in the heavily...
    Brazilian officials passed the letter over to an FBI legal official in Brazil. An undercover FBI agent, pretending to be a Brazilian official, subsequently engaged Mr. Toebbe, persuading him to leave the stolen nuclear submarine secrets at a series of predetermined locations. Mr. and Mrs. Toebbe complied, transferring restricted data about nuclear submarine designs onto SD cards and leaving them at so-called dead-drop locations over the span of several months. In their efforts to hide the SD cards, they went so far as allegedly wrapping them in a plastic-wrapped peanut butter sandwich, a packet of gum, and a sealed Band-Aid wrapper. On one of the SD cards, Mr. Toebbe included a message that allegedly said: "I was extremely careful to gather the files I possess slowly and naturally in the routine of my job, so nobody would suspect my plan." He also noted , "We have cash and passports set aside for th[e] purpose" of having to flee the U.S. Despite the Toebbes' attempts at stealth and subterfuge, the FBI claimed in an affidavit that the Toebbes,...
    A federal judge has rejected the plea deals of a naval engineer and his wife because they weren't harsh enough - after they were found guilty of trying to sell information about nuclear-powered submarines to a foreign government.  Jonathan Toebbe, 43, and his schoolteacher wife Diana, 46, plead guilty to violating the Atomic Energy Act earlier this year in a deal asking for between 12.5 and 17.5 years in prison for Jonathan, and three for Diana. But the couple withdrew those pleas after US District Judge Gina M. Groh said the the terms were not proportionate to their crimes. 'I find the sentencing options available to me to be strikingly deficient,' Groh said during the sentencing in Martinsburg, West Virginia, after noting she normally honors the terms of a plea deals even if she doesn't not agree with, 'Make no mistake, these defendants have been charged with very serious crimes.' The prosecution and defense alike appeared taken aback by Groh's ruling, according to The Washington Post, but made no comment. The judge set a trial date for January, 2023, but the Toebbes will...
    Share this: Documents sought by the U.S. Justice Department from former President Donald Trump may contain material related to what The New York Times described as “some of the most highly classified programs run by the United States.” The Washington Post reported that “classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought” during a search of Trump’s Florida home on Aug. 8, 2022. Classified information is the kind of material that the U.S. government or an agency deems sensitive enough to national security that access to it must be controlled and restricted. There are several degrees of classification. Documents related to nuclear weapons will have different classification levels depending on the sensitivity of the information contained. Documents containing information related to nuclear weapons design or their location would be highly classified. Other information may still be highly classified but deemed not as sensitive. For example, in 2010 President Barack Obama declassified the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile.
    Documents sought by the U.S. Justice Department from former President Donald Trump may contain material related to what The New York Times described as “some of the most highly classified programs run by the United States.” The Washington Post reported that “classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought” during a search of Trump’s Florida home on Aug. 8, 2022. Classified information is the kind of material that the U.S. government or an agency deems sensitive enough to national security that access to it must be controlled and restricted. There are several degrees of classification. Documents related to nuclear weapons will have different classification levels depending on the sensitivity of the information contained. Documents containing information related to nuclear weapons design or their location would be highly classified. Other information may still be highly classified but deemed not as sensitive. For example, in 2010 President Barack Obama declassified the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile.
    United States Congressman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) suggested on Friday that the nuclear documents that the Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly recovered from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Florida during the execution of a search warrant on Monday are no big deal. "I can tell you that there are a number of things that are classified that fall under the umbrella of nuclear weapons but that are not necessarily things that are truly classified," Turner, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters at a press conference. "Many of them you can find on your own phone as we stand here and if they fall into that category, they're not an imminent national security threat that would rise to the level of, you have to raid Donald Trump's home and spend nine hours there." There are "two types of classification," according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's website. "The first type, known as national security information, is information that is classified by an Executive Order. Its release would damage national security to some degree. The second...
    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed after being convicted of leaking top-secret information to the Soviets. The information contained state secrets on nuclear weapons, jet engines, radar, sonar, and other invaluable technologies. In response to Beschloss, Hayden, also a former four-star general, appeared to endorse execution as the appropriate punishment for those who leak nuclear secrets. "Sounds about right," Hayden tweeted. \u201cSounds about right.\u201d — Gen Michael Hayden (@Gen Michael Hayden) 1660267160 Hayden also "retweeted" another person who suggested the alleged actions amount to espionage.What did Trump say?The former president pushed back against the allegations on Friday, denouncing them as a "hoax." While it remains unclear whether the documents supporting the search warrant will be released publicly, one wonders why the Justice Department would have waited so long to retrieve documents from Trump if they in fact contained information on nuclear weapons.
    Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who executed a federal search warrant at Mar-a-Lago Monday were on the hunt for “classified documents relating to nuclear weapons,” according to an exclusive Washington Post report Thursday evening. “Experts in classified information said the unusual search underscores deep concern among government officials about the types of information they thought could be located at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and potentially in danger of falling into to the wrong hands,” The Washington Post adds. “If that is true, it would suggest that material residing unlawfully at Mar-a-Lago may have been classified at the highest classification level,” David Laufman, the former chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section, told the Post. “If the FBI and the Department of Justice believed there were top secret materials still at Mar-a-Lago, that would lend itself to greater ‘hair-on-fire’ motivation to recover that material as quickly as possible.” READ MORE: Marco Rubio: ‘Not a Crime’ to Break Federal Law by Taking Top Secret National Security Documents From the White House This latest development into Donald Trump’s improper and possibly unlawful handling of...
    A disgraced Navy nuclear engineer and his wife face a combined 20 years in prison for to trying to sell secrets about American nuclear-powered warships to Brazil. Jonathan Toebbe, 43, and his Trump-hating wife, Diana, were arrested last October after prosecutors said he approached a foreign government in an attempt to provide the nation with thousands of pages of stolen classified documents about the nuclear reactors that power the U.S. submarine fleet. The identity of the foreign power had been concealed by federal prosecutors, although it is widely speculated to have been France after investigators revealed the Toebbes had contacted a friendly foreign power, rather than an adversary. However, a senior Brazilian official and others familiar with the investigation confirmed have since confirmed Toebbe approached a Brazilian leader, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Analysts allege Toebbe's outreach was an 'odd choice' given then-President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had strengthened the alliance between the countries. Some argue at that time U.S.-Brazilian relations were the closest they'd been in decades. Confirmation that Toebbe contacted Brazil comes one month after he pleaded guilty in...
    Washington (CNN)The US intelligence community has made evaluating Russian President Vladimir Putin's state of mind a top priority in recent days as it seeks to establish how that is affecting his handling of the rapidly escalating Ukraine crisis, according to two sources familiar with the effort.The efforts come as longtime Putin-watchers have publicly speculated that his behavior has become increasingly erratic and irrational. Since he launched Russia's invasion of Ukraine last Wednesday, senior US officials have asked intelligence agencies to gather any new information they can on how the Russian leader is faring and how his mindset has been impacted by the unexpectedly unified and tough response from European neighbors and allies around the world.The US intelligence community has spent decades decoding the former KGB officer, who has effectively ruled Russia since 1999. But while the United States has tremendous institutional knowledge of the man, it has a notoriously poor view into his day-to-day decision-making. The Kremlin remains what intelligence officials call a "hard target" -- incredibly difficult to penetrate through traditional espionage. There has not been any new comprehensive...
    A husband and wife, Jonathan and Diana Toebbe, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to communicate restricted data, as the husband attempted to disclose confidential information to someone he believed was a representative of a foreign government. Originally, Jonathan Toebbe sent a package to a foreign government, listing an address in Pittsburgh for the return. The package contained a sample of restricted data, related to his work as a nuclear engineer assigned to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Following the initial delivery, he established a relationship with someone he believed to be from another country. The individual and Toebee communicated for several months, finally agreeing to purchase more information for thousands of dollars. However, the entire time, Toebee was speaking to an undercover FBI agent, according to the Department of Justice. “Among the secrets the U.S. government most zealously protects are those related to the design of its nuclear warship weapons systems,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “The defendant was entrusted with some of those secrets and instead of guarding them, he betrayed...
    A disgraced former US Navy nuclear engineer has turned on his wife after admitting to selling classified information to a foreign country, and will now help prosecutors probing his spouse for the same offenses.    Jonathan Toebbe, 43, pleaded guilty in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to a single count of conspiracy to communicate restricted data over his attempts to sell the documents to a friendly foreign power, suspected to be France. The sentencing range agreed to by lawyers calls for a potential punishment between roughly 12 years and 17 years in prison. Toebbe admitted that he 'conspired with Diana Toebbe' - his wife - in the scheme, despite the teacher's repeated denials that she was involved. He has also now agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, likely as part of the plea deal that resulted in his light sentence. That will involve supplying details which could further incriminate Diana. It is unclear if the couple have spoken since being jailed, and whether their marriage remains intact.   Toebbe and his wife, Diana, of Annapolis Maryland, were arrested in October of last...
    Washington (CNN)US Navy nuclear engineer Jonathan Toebbe pleaded guilty to one felony count in federal court Monday afternoon, four months after he and his wife were arrested and charged with trying to sell classified information about nuclear submarines to a foreign country in exchange for millions of dollars of cryptocurrency. Toebbe, 43, will face between 12 and 18 years in prison, according to the plea agreement read aloud by prosecutors in a federal courtroom in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He was initially charged with three federal felonies, each carrying up to life in prison. Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Trumble accepted Toebbe's guilty plea and another federal judge will sentence him at a later date. That judge will have the option to impose a different sentence than agreed upon by Toebbe and prosecutors. Toebbe will remain in jail until his sentencing date, which has not yet been set.In court Monday, Toebbe admitted that he had "conspired with Diana Toebbe," his wife, "to transfer restricted data to a foreign country" with "the intent to injure the United States." Diana Toebbe, who remains in...
    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A plea hearing has been scheduled for a Navy nuclear engineer accused of trying to sell information about nuclear-powered warships to a foreign country. Jonathan Toebbe and his wife, Diana Toebbe, of Annapolis, Maryland, were arrested last October in West Virginia, and had pleaded not guilty to espionage-related charges that carry life in prison. READ MORE: Maryland's Highest Court Extends Candidate Filing DeadlineCourt records show that a plea hearing is scheduled for Jonathan Toebbe for Monday afternoon in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia. READ MORE: 2 Frederick Officers Stable, Suspect Has Undergone Surgery After ShootingCourt records did not include further details about the hearing and there is no indication that a hearing has been scheduled for Diana Toebbe. Prosecutors have alleged that Jonathan Toebbe tried to pass secrets about sophisticated and expensive Virginia-class submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government but who was actually an undercover FBI agent. The government said Diana Toebbe served as a lookout for her husband at several “dead drop” locations at which sensitive information was left behind....
    An artist rendering of Oklo's Aurora powerhouseImage credit: Gensler Federal regulators have denied the application from Silicon Valley nuclear power start-up Oklo to build and operate its advanced nuclear reactor, dubbed Aurora, in Idaho. The Nuclear Regulatory Agency filed the decision on Thursday and cited lack of sufficient information about potential accidents and safety measures. Oklo may re-apply. "Oklo's application continues to contain significant information gaps in its description of Aurora's potential accidents as well as its classification of safety systems and components," said the NRC's Andrea Veil, in a written statement. "These gaps prevent further review activities. We are prepared to re-engage with Oklo if they submit a revised application that provides the information we need for a thorough and timely review," Veil said. Oklo's plan is to build miniature nuclear reactors that are much smaller and cheaper than conventional nuclear reactors. Conventional reactors require massive construction projects which are often beleaguered by construction timeline and budget overruns, like the Vogtle plant in Georgia. Oklo's mini reactors are supposed to be powered by the waste of conventional nuclear reactors...
    A teacher accused of selling nuclear submarine secrets with her Navy engineer husband only wanted to flee the country because she hated Donald Trump, a court has been told.    Lawyers for Diana Toebbe, 45, claim she only wanted to exit the US because of her disdain for the former president, and not because she was worried about getting caught for allegedly trying to sell the classified information. They made the claim in court papers filed Wednesday, complete with an exchange of messages said to have taken place between Toebbe and her husband Jonathan in March 2019.  Those texts also allegedly saw Diana Toebbe discuss fleeing to France. The country they tried to sell the secrets to has never been mentioned, and is said to be a US ally, although officials told NBC News that France was not the country targeted.  Diana begins: 'We need to get out.' Jonathan appears bored with her statement, answering: '*sigh* where? To do what?' His wife then says: 'To anywhere. To do something else. To teach in international schools. To take Macron up on his offer to...
    A couple accused of trying to sell US nuclear submarine secrets to a foreign country now face life in prison after a grand jury handed down an indictment in the case, after it was revealed the wife moaned about her salary and Donald Trump's election win.  Jonathan and Diana Toebbe, both of Annapolis, Maryland, were indicted on Tuesday by a Grand Jury in Elkins, West Virginia, on national security charges, the Justice Department said. Both were charged with one count of conspiracy to communicate restricted data and two counts of communication of restricted data, which carries a potential sentence of life behind bars. They were arrested in West Virginia on October 9 and previously charged in a criminal complaint with violations of the Atomic Energy Act. The couple is due in federal court Wednesday for a detention hearing. Jonathan and Diana Toebbe, both of Annapolis, Maryland, were indicted on Tuesday by a Grand Jury in Elkins, West Virginia, on national security charges They were likely motivated by a thirst for money, and dissatisfaction with the United States, particularly the Trump...
    A Navy nuclear submarine engineer smuggled state secrets out page-by-page to sell to foreign spies, invited them to meet him for a drink, and thanked them for offering to 'extract' him from the US, court papers claim.    Jonathan Toebbe, 42, and his wife, Diana Toebbe, 45, are accused of violating the Atomic Energy Act - which restricts the disclosure of information related to atomic weapons or nuclear materials.  The couple, from Annapolis in Maryland, allegedly attempted to provide information relating to stealth technology for nuclear submarines to an unidentified foreign nation.  They are said to have offered material on Virginia-class submarines to an unnamed foreign power in April 2020, with that country turning over the evidence to the US in December 2020, which subsequently pursued the couple using undercover FBI agents posing as foreign spies.  The Department of Justice revealed that Jonathan Toebbe (right), the Navy submarine engineer who faces 'espionage-related crimes' alongside his wife, Diana Toebbe (left), smuggled classified military secrets for years and became so comfortable with the 'foreign spies' that he wanted to meet them for drinks In a...
    The Navy submarine engineer and his leftist wife who were both charged with spying on the U.S. for an unidentified foreign government were ordered held without bail during a court appearance Tuesday in Martinsburg, West Virginia.  Jonathan Toebbe, 42, and his wife, Diana, 45, wore jail-issued orange jumpsuits and were handcuffed as the stood in front of the judge, who scheduled a detention hearing for Friday at 11am and a preliminary examination into their case for October, 20, at 1pm.  The Toebbes, both of whom were represented by court-appointed counsel, could face either life in prison or a fine of $100,000 and five years of supervised release.    Jonathan Toebbe, 42, appears in court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, Tuesday after being  accused of selling military secrets and classified information about nuclear submarines to an unidentified foreign country Diana Toebbe, 45, was denied bail along with her husband on Tuesday. The two are scheduled to return to court for a detention hearing on Friday Diana's social media reveals that she organized a babysitter on Facebook with her husband so they could make their last secret...
    Much like a story out of a spy thriller, a Maryland couple was arrested in West Virginia after using a Pennsylvania home address to commit espionage by selling restricted data to an undercover FBI agent. Jonathan, 42, and Diana Toebbe, 45, of Annapolis, Maryland, were arrested in Jefferson County, West Virginia, and charged with violations of the Atomic Energy Act by the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service on Saturday. “The complaint charges a plot to transmit information relating to the design of our nuclear submarines to a foreign nation,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The work of the FBI, Department of Justice prosecutors, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Department of Energy was critical in thwarting the plot charged in the complaint and taking this first step in bringing the perpetrators to justice.” Jonathan Toebbe sent a package to a foreign government, listing a return address in Pittsburgh, containing a sample of the Restricted Data and instructions to purchase additional secrets, according to the US Department of Justice. During a sting the FBI provided $100,000...
    THE wife of Jonathan Toebbe, the US Navy nuclear engineer accused of trying to sell secrets to a foreign power, is a fierce progressive and Black Lives Matter supporter, it has been revealed. Diana Toebbe, who was also charged with selling classified information to an undercover FBI agent posing as a foreign agent, has a history of supporting liberal figures and causes on social media. 5Diana Toebbe's social media posts show she is a firm supporter of progressive causesCredit: Instagram/Diana Smay Toebbe 5Diana and Jonathan Toebbe were arrested in West Virginia on Saturday after he placed a removable memory card at a prearranged "dead drop"Credit: Instagram The 45-year-old's social media posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook were examined by Fox News, which said she uses her maiden name, Smay, on the platforms. Among the findings are a profile picture that reads "Black Lives Matter" and a post celebrating Black Out Tuesday last year, when social media users protested racism by posting a black square and taking a break from posting for a day. Diana's Twitter account also allegedly follows...
    THE wife of a Navy nuclear engineer charged with trying to sell submarine secrets had posted about "stopping Trump" on her Facebook page. Diana Toebbe, 45, is accused of acting as lookout so her husband Jonathan, 42, could pass on information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to what he believed was a foreign government. 3Diana Toebbe shared this meme on her Facebook page 3Jonathan Toebbe, 42, was arrested in West Virginia on Saturday along with his wife, DianaCredit: Instagram That person was actually an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department said on Sunday. Now The Sun can reveal Diana posted a meme in October 2016, which read: "Women can stop Trump." The couple are scheduled to appear in a West Virginia federal court on Tuesday. The FBI said on Sunday that Jonathan sold information for nearly the past year to a contact he believed represented a foreign power. That country was not named in the court documents. The couple were arrested after Jonathan placed a removable memory card at a prearranged “dead drop” in the state,...
    The Facebook account appearing to belong to the woman who was charged alongside her Navy nuclear engineer husband with selling secret information about nuclear submarines to an undercover FBI agent is filled with liberal talking points on the Black Lives Matter movement and feminism.  Fox News examined what appears to be Diana Toebbe’s Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram page, and found repeated posts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, including a profile picture reading, "Black Lives Matter," and a post last year celebrating the social media protest against racism called "#blackouttuesday." Jonathan and Diana Toebbe were arrested Saturday in West Virginia, according to a criminal complaint detailing espionage-related charges. The government said Jonathan Toebbe sold information for nearly the past year to a contact he believed represented a foreign power, but was actually an undercover FBI agent.  NAVY NUCLEAR ENGINEER CHARGED WITH TRYING TO PASS SECRETS A Twitter account appearing to also belong to Diana Toebbe shows her following various "resistance" accounts in protest of Trump, including the "Rogue NASA" account described as "the unofficial ‘Resistance’ team of NASA"...
    The FBI arrested a US Navy nuclear engineer and his wife Saturday in West Virginia for espionage. The complaint alleges Jonathan Toebbe and his wife Diana attempted to sell restricted data to a foreign government since April 2020, according to a Department of Justice news release. Instead, the couple were selling the information to an FBI agent. The #FBI and @RealNCIS recently arrested a nuclear engineer and his wife after they allegedly sold information regarding the design of nuclear submarines to a person they believed represented a foreign power. #NatSec https://t.co/5ft1qDv5Fk — FBI (@FBI) October 10, 2021 “The complaint charges a plot to transmit information relating to the design of our nuclear submarines to a foreign nation,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in the news release. (RELATED: FBI Director: Chinese Espionage ‘Most Significant’ Spy Threat Facing US) An undercover FBI agent sent the Toebbes $10,000 as a “good faith” payment June 8 for the classified information intended for the foreign government, according to the news release. Jonathan, with Diana acting as a lookout, allegedly placed an SD memory card...
    A former Navy nuclear engineer who reportedly had access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass classified information to a foreign government. According to court documents unsealed on Sunday, the Department of Justice charged Jonathan Toebbe and his wife, Diana Toebbe, with violating the Atomic Energy Act by allegedly trying to pass along secrets pertaining to the designs of U.S. nuclear submarines. Toebbe reportedly had never actually been in contact with a foreign government and “unwittingly communicated with FBI agents and passed along sensitive military secrets, in a scheme that stretched nearly a year,” reports National Public Radio (NPR): The 42-year-old former lieutenant in the Navy and his wife, 45, sold restricted information “concerning the design of nuclear-powered warships” to someone they believed was a representative of an unnamed foreign power, according to federal law enforcement officials. The FBI picked up on Toebbe’s attempts to reach a foreign agent just after he had left the Navy, according to court records. Toebbe had clearance to access classified documents through the Department of Defense. A U.S. Navy nuclear engineer...
    WASHINGTON -- A 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 he sold information for nearly the past year to a contact he 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 wife, Diana, 45, after he had placed a removable memory card at a prearranged "dead drop" in the state, according to the Justice Department.It wasn't immediately clear whether the Toebbes, who are from Annapolis, Maryland, have lawyers. The Navy declined to comment Sunday.The FBI says the scheme began in April 2020 when Jonathan Toebbe sent a package of Navy documents to a foreign government and wrote that he was interested in selling to that country operations manuals, performance reports...
    US NAVY engineer Jonathon Toebbe has been charged with spying after selling nuclear sub secrets that he hid in a peanut butter sandwich. He had traded top-secret information for $70,000 in Bitcoin with who he believed was a foreign power representative - but was actually an undercover FBI agent. 4Jonathon Toebbe, 42, and his wife Diana, 45, have been charged with espionageCredit: Instagram 4The US Navy engineer was leaking secrets in return for thousands of dollars worth of BitcoinCredit: AFP The 42-year-old and his wife Diana, 45, were arrested in West Virginia on Saturday after he placed a removable memory card at a prearranged "dead drop", according to the Justice Department. The criminal complaint detailing his espionage-related charges explains his mission to sell the secrets to a foreign power. The scheme began back in April 2020, the FBI said, when Toebbe sent a package of Navy documents to a foreign government. He wrote that he was interested in selling manuals, performance reports and other sensitive information regarding Virginia-class nuclear sub reactors. Toebbe also provided instructions for how to conduct the...
    DIANA Toebbe, along with her husband Jonathan, have been accused of trying to pass information about nuclear submarines to a foreign government. The person they were in contact with though was actually an undercover FBI agent and the pair were arrested on October 9, 2021. 2Diana Toebbe and her husband Jonathan are accused of trying to pass information about nuclear submarines to a foreign governmentCredit: dianatoebbe/Instagram Who is Jonathan Toebbe's wife Diana? Diana Toebbe, 45, is a humanities teacher at the Key School, a private school in Annapolis, Maryland. The K-12 school said on Sunday that she had been suspended indefinitely. The Toebbes live in Annapolis and have two children. Her husband Jonathan Toebbe is a US Navy nuclear engineer, working for the US government since 2012, specializing in naval nuclear propulsion, the FBI says. Toebbe also worked on naval reactors in Arlington, Virginia, from 2012 to 2014. Most read in The US SunNEW FACTS Nancy Grace predicts what Gabby autopsy will reveal once it is finally releasedExclusive'DEMONIC & DARK' Dog the Bounty Hunter finds 'TERRIFYING' info on Brian Laundrie's Facebook'MENTALLY...
    JONATHAN Toebbe is a US Navy nuclear engineer who has been charged with trying to pass information about nuclear submarines to a foreign government. His contact though was in reality an undercover FBI agent and Toebbe along with his wife were arrested on October 9, 2021 in West Virginia. 2Jonathan Toebbe and his wife Diana face espionage chargesCredit: dianatoebbe/Instagram Who is Jonathan Toebbe? Jonathan Toebbe, 42, has worked for the US government since 2012, holding a top-secret security clearance and specializing in naval nuclear propulsion, the FBI says. He worked as a US Navy nuclear engineer and worked on naval nuclear propulsion since 2012. Toebbe also worked on naval reactors in Arlington, Virginia, from 2012 to 2014. According to public Navy records, he worked for 15 months in the office of the chief of naval operations, the top officer in the military's branch.  Most read in The US SunNEW FACTS Nancy Grace predicts what Gabby autopsy will reveal once it is finally releasedMOST WANTED Laundrie's parents agree to help search as sleuths think he's in their gardenExclusive'DEMONIC & DARK' Dog...
    (CNN)Following a year-long operation by undercover FBI agents, a Maryland couple has been arrested and charged with attempting to sell US nuclear secrets to another country in exchange for cryptocurrency.US Navy nuclear engineer Jonathan Toebbe, who held a top-secret security clearance, and his wife Diana were arrested Saturday in West Virginia by the FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service after the couple allegedly sold information concerning the design of nuclear-powered US warships "to a person they believed was a representative of a foreign power but was actually an undercover FBI agent," according to a Department of Justice statement.The Washington Post first reported on the alleged espionage plot.The Justice Department said Toebbe had access to information on naval nuclear propulsion and sensitive military design elements including "operating parameters and performance characteristics of the reactors for nuclear powered warships."An FBI agent in a criminal complaint justifying the arrest alleges Toebbe first sent a package to a foreign government in April 2020 offering to sell the nuclear secrets, and an undercover FBI agent responded several months later via an encrypted email program and...
    A 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 he sold information for nearly the past year to a contact he 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 wife, Diana, 45, after he had placed a removable memory card at a prearranged "dead drop" in the state, according to the Justice Department. NAVY ADVOCACY GROUP URGES DOD TO FILL GAPING HOLES IN LEADERSHIP It wasn’t immediately clear whether the Toebbes, who are from Annapolis, Maryland, have lawyers. The Navy declined to comment Sunday. The FBI says the scheme began in April 2020 when Jonathan Toebbe sent a package of Navy documents to a foreign government and wrote that he...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Jonathan and Diana Toebbe were arrested in Jefferson County, West Virginia, by the FBI on Saturday, Oct. 9. The couple sold information known as Restricted Data containing the design of nuclear-powered warships. They believed they were selling this information to a person of power but that person was an undercover FBI agent. The two have been charged in a criminal complaint alleging violations of the Atomic Energy Act. READ MORE: Ravens’ Oweh Strong So Far In Debut Season“The complaint charges a plot to transmit information relating to the design of our nuclear submarines to a foreign nation,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The work of the FBI, Department of Justice prosecutors, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Department of Energy was critical in thwarting the plot charged in the complaint and taking this first step in bringing the perpetrators to justice.” Jonathan Toebbe is an employee of the Department of the Navy who served as a nuclear engineer and was assigned to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. He held an active national security clearance through the...
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Maryland couple on Saturday for attempting to sell "restricted data" on the design of nuclear-powered warships, the Justice Department reported. Jonathan Toebbe, 42, is a nuclear engineer at the Department of the Navy. For almost an entire year, he and his wife, Diana, 45, sold information to a person they believed was a representative for another nation, who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, according to the Department of Justice . MODERN-DAY MAFIA PLAGUED BY MISMANAGEMENT AND BAD HIRES, EX-FBI AGENT CLAIMS “The complaint charges a plot to transmit information relating to the design of our nuclear submarines to a foreign nation,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The work of the FBI, Department of Justice prosecutors, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Department of Energy was critical in thwarting the plot charged in the complaint and taking this first step in bringing the perpetrators to justice.” Jonathan Toebbe sent a package to the undercover FBI agent containing a sample of "restricted data" in April...
    The USS Pennsylvania in a 2015 PBS report. The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately name any ships linked to Jonathan Toebbe’s alleged data sales. The word combination of “nuclear” and “sold” is rarely comforting. A nuclear engineer allegedly sold submarine secrets to what he believed was a representative for another country. That other person was actually an undercover FBI agent, according to The U.S. Department of Justice. Maryland man Jonathan Toebbe, 42, spent almost a year selling restricted data on nuclear submarines, authorities said. Wife Diana Toebbe, 45, allegedly helped. “The complaint charges a plot to transmit information relating to the design of our nuclear submarines to a foreign nation,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The work of the FBI, Department of Justice prosecutors, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Department of Energy was critical in thwarting the plot charged in the complaint and taking this first step in bringing the perpetrators to justice.” Officials say Jonathan Toebbe worked for the Department of the Navy as a nuclear engineer in their Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. He had...
    Chinese officials demanded extensive “details” about a collision involving a U.S. nuclear submarine in the South China Sea, which Beijing cited to continue arguing against American military operations in a region that the rising communist power seeks to dominate. “We are gravely concerned about the incident,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, per the official transcript. “As the party involved, the U.S. should clarify in specific details what happened, including the exact location of the incident, the U.S. side's navigation intention, the details of the incident, the object the submarine struck, whether the collision caused a nuclear leak or damaged local marine environment, etc.” U.S. Pacific Fleet officials revealed that the USS Connecticut “struck an object while submerged” last Saturday and emphasized that the submarine “remains in a safe and stable condition.” That incident, which occurred just weeks after the announcement of a landmark agreement for the United States and the British government to provide Australia with nuclear submarines, provided grist for China’s broader objection to U.S. and allied operations in the disputed waters of the South China...
    A military aide follows Mike Pence down the stairs on Jan. 6. During Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, video footage of events on Jan. 6 revealed just how close Mike Pence came to falling into the hands of the people who were chanting for his execution. Fourteen minutes after the mob of Trump supporters first breached the Capitol, Secret Service agents led Pence from the Senate chamber and down a flight of stairs. He entered that stairwell just seconds ahead of the arrival of insurgents, some of whom were carrying rope or zip ties. Had those insurgents not been delayed through the actions of Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, they could easily have been there to capture Pence and take him to the gallows waiting on the lawn outside. But in addition to Pence, they might have captured something else that would have been especially problematic. For most of us, our electronic devices—phones, tablets, and laptops—are regularly trusted with our most confidential information. That’s one of the things that helps to make these devices our constant companions and among the most vital...
    American soldiers relied on flashcard apps to study and memorize the details of the nuclear weapon systems for at least eight years without realizing that the highly confidential information was also available online for anyone to look up  Soldiers stationed on European bases that host nuclear weapons unwittingly exposed a number of sensitive security details through the flash apps with the top secret information appeared publicly in online searches. The details includes classified information including where nuclear weapons are being stored on bases and the secret code and duress words that are supposed to only be known only by members of the military.  American soldiers stationed at military bases in Europe armed with nuclear weapons have been unknowingly sharing secret protocols and base details including this photo that shows soldiers on a Dutch base posting with what appeared to be a nuclear warhead One flash card purportedly detailed whether certain vaults are 'hot' or 'cold' and contain nuclear weapons The locations of security cameras and duress signal words soldiers can use when compromised were also included in...
    A growing list of Republicans – including several potential 2024 presidential candidates – is trashing Biden climate envoy John Kerry following a new claim by a top Iranian diplomat in a leaked recording, and one GOP Senator wants Kerry's resignation. Kerry on Monday emphatically denied telling Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif information about Israeli attacks on Syria, calling stories about it 'unequivocally false.' But the disclosure that Zarif said it happened prompted immediate condemnation by Republicans of Kerry, who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal. Mike Pompeo, Kerry's successor as Secretary of State and a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said the recording tells 'what I've said for years: that [Zarif] continued to engage with former Secretary of State Kerry on policy matters after Kerry's public service and, according to Zarif, Kerry informed the Iranians of Israeli operations,' said Pompeo.  Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bashed climate envoy John Kerry following a leaked recording of Iran's foreign minister  Pompeo also took the opportunity to slam the Iran nuclear deal, which Donald Trump yanked the U.S. out of and Kerry helped...
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two Polish government websites were hacked Wednesday and used briefly to spread false information about a non-existent radioactive threat, in what a Polish government official said had the hallmarks of a Russian cyberattack. The National Atomic Energy Agency and Health Ministry websites briefly carried claims of a supposed nuclear waste leak coming from neighboring Lithuania and threatening Poland. In addition, the Twitter account of a journalist who often writes about Russian and eastern European affairs was also hacked and used to further spread the information. Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for the head of the country’s security services, told The Associated Press that “the whole story looked like a typical Russian attempt” to sow suspicion and division among Western allies. Zaryn said it recalled a similar hacking attempt in 2020 which spread false information about a non-existent radioactive cloud heading to Poland from Chernobyl in Ukraine — the site of a nuclear disaster in the 1980s. Wednesday’s false statement warned that the health and lives of Polish people living in an area close to the Lithuanian border were...
    The Daily Beast How China’s Devastating Microsoft Hack Puts Us All at Risk Michael Borgers/GettyBy Matthew BrazilDuring World War II, the Chinese communists cultivated opium in their base area and trafficked it into Japanese-occupied cities. Mao Zedong’s man in charge was one of the biggest master spies of the period, Li Kenong. Though Mao later regretted cultivating the “special product,” which he called “that certain thing,” the drug caused disruption in the enemy rear and benefited the Red-area economy.Now it seems to be applying the same strategy in the West’s rear area, causing disruptions to online systems and simultaneously benefiting the Chinese economy with viruses and worms used to steal information from computer systems worldwide. The latest simultaneous exploit against thousands of organizations, disclosed on March 2, was dubbed the Microsoft Exchange hack, exploiting servers that manage email systems. The hack allows perpetrators to read messages of selected targets and then venture deeper into infected networks.Over 60,000 organizations in the U.S. and at least 280,000 users worldwide using Microsoft Exchange for their email were hacked between Feb. 26 and March...
    Night Owls is a themed open thread appearing at Daily Kos seven days a week. Philip Eil at the Columbia Journalism Review writes—What the Trump administration meant for freedom of information requests: THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP PROMISED AN EPIC TEST for the Freedom of Information Act. On one side, the powerful, yet deeply flawed, transparency law that turned 50 years old a few months before Trump’s 2016 election. On the other, a brash, dishonest, norm-flouting billionaire who had spent his adult life working in a privately-owned business. What would happen when Trump, the reality-star-turned-demagogue, became subject to the presidency’s transparency laws? Alas, the FOIA world is notoriously slow-moving; historian and journalist Jon Wiener’s battle for John Lennon’s FBI file began with a request in 1981 and didn’t fully end until late 2006, when the bureau handed over the last 10 pages. And one of the biggest FOIA-driven stories of the Trump years, The Washington Post’s “Afghanistan Papers,” was a reminder that the law often works better as a window into the past than a mirror of the present. But we can begin to glean...
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