A couple is facing espionage-related charges based on accusations they tried to sell secrets about U.S. nuclear-powered warships to a foreign government.Jonathan Toebbe, a 42-year-old Naval nuclear engineer who has a security clearance for his work with nuclear warships, and his wife, Diana Toebbe, 45, were arrested Saturday in West Virginia by FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents.According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Jonathan Toebbe, aided by his wife, sold information known as restricted data concerning the design of nuclear-powered warships to a person who they believed was a representative of a foreign power, known as ‘country1′ who was actually an undercover FBI agent who spoke with Jonathan Toebbe over a number of months.Officials said the undercover FBI agent collected the information and established “good faith” payments in the form of tens of thousands of dollars of cryptocurrency.According to the FBI, the Toebbes transferred some of the secret information through peanut-butter sandwiches and chewing gum wrappers.In exchanges of SD cards, officials said the cards contained restricted data related to submarine nuclear reactors.”I apologize for this poor translation,” Toebbe allegedly wrote in an initial package meant for country1. “Please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe this information will be of great value to your nation. This is not a hoax.”Emails sent between Toebbe and the agent eventually led to a supposed agreement.The Toebbes have been charged in a criminal complaint alleging violations of the Atomic Energy Act. They are due for their first court appearance in West Virginia on Tuesday.Neighbors in their Annapolis, Maryland, neighborhood said the Toebbes kept to themselves, and they were surprised to see the FBI agents searching the couple’s home and cars on Saturday.Sister station WBAL-TV tried knocking on the Toebbes’ door for comment, but there was no answer.The Toebbes are due for their first federal court appearance in West Virginia on Tuesday.

A couple is facing espionage-related charges based on accusations they tried to sell secrets about U.S. nuclear-powered warships to a foreign government.

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Jonathan Toebbe, a 42-year-old Naval nuclear engineer who has a security clearance for his work with nuclear warships, and his wife, Diana Toebbe, 45, were arrested Saturday in West Virginia by FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Jonathan Toebbe, aided by his wife, sold information known as restricted data concerning the design of nuclear-powered warships to a person who they believed was a representative of a foreign power, known as ‘country1’ who was actually an undercover FBI agent who spoke with Jonathan Toebbe over a number of months.

Officials said the undercover FBI agent collected the information and established “good faith” payments in the form of tens of thousands of dollars of cryptocurrency.

According to the FBI, the Toebbes transferred some of the secret information through peanut-butter sandwiches and chewing gum wrappers.

In exchanges of SD cards, officials said the cards contained restricted data related to submarine nuclear reactors.

“I apologize for this poor translation,” Toebbe allegedly wrote in an initial package meant for country1. “Please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe this information will be of great value to your nation. This is not a hoax.”

Emails sent between Toebbe and the agent eventually led to a supposed agreement.

The Toebbes have been charged in a criminal complaint alleging violations of the Atomic Energy Act. They are due for their first court appearance in West Virginia on Tuesday.

Neighbors in their Annapolis, Maryland, neighborhood said the Toebbes kept to themselves, and they were surprised to see the FBI agents searching the couple’s home and cars on Saturday.

Sister station WBAL-TV tried knocking on the Toebbes’ door for comment, but there was no answer.

The Toebbes are due for their first federal court appearance in West Virginia on Tuesday.

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