The authorities of the United States accused an employee of the Defense Department of the transfer of classified information on nuclear submarines to another state. It was reported on the site of the U.S. Department of Justice on Sunday, October 10.
Jonathan Toebi tried to contact foreign authorities by sending them a letter offering to sell data on propulsion systems of nuclear submarines of the U.S. Navy in April 2020.
“Please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe this information is of great importance to your country. It is not a hoax,” that letter, quoted by The Washington Post, said.
The Justice Department didn`t say what country Toebi was addressing. A U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation specialist, who identified himself as a foreign agent, contacted the official. As a result, Jonathan Toebi and his wife Diane turned over classified data to him several times. For their sale, they received about $100 thousand, which the man paid to a cryptocurrency account to make it harder to catch him red-handed.
As a result, the spouses were detained in the state of West Virginia, they face life imprisonment.