Who is Jonathan Toebbe? Wiki, Biography, Age, Charged, Sell Nuclear Secrets

Jonathan Toebbe

Jonathan Toebbe Wiki – Jonathan Toebbe Biography

Jonathan Toebbe is a US Navy nuclear submarine engineer who has been charged with passing military secrets to a ‘foreign power’ – via a peanut butter sandwich.

Toebbe allegedly believed he was dealing with someone representing a hostile government when he handed over a memory card hidden between two slices of bread.

He was arrested on espionage-related charges after an FBI sting involving agents posing as foreign spies.


He is 42 years old.

Navy Engineer Accused of Trying To Sell Nuclear Sub Secrets

According to US authorities, the conspiracy began in April 2020 when Mr. Toebbe was accused of sending a package of classified documents to an unspecified foreign government.

He allegedly said he was interested in selling sensitive information in return for $100,000 in cryptocurrency.

Officials say the engineer reached out to a foreign government using the codename ‘Alice,’ telling them: ‘I apologize for this poor translation into your language.

‘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.’

The message was intercepted, and the FBI began an undercover operation that involved a series of exchanges between Mr. Toebbe and agents in return for money.

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To gain his trust, FBI agents planted a ‘signal’ at a building in Washington DC associated with the country Mr. Toebbe thought he was dealing with after he suggested they could ‘raise a flag’ on the roof to prove their authenticity.

He was sent $10,000 in cryptocurrency as a sign of good faith and was then paid $20,000 after leaving documents at a pre-arranged location, with his wife allegedly acted as a lookout.


Mr. Toebbe held top-secret security clearance and had access to information on vessels described as ‘cruise missile fast-attack submarines, which incorporate the latest in stealth, intelligence gathering, and weapons systems technology.’

According to the justice department, his wife Diana, a 45-year-old teacher, was arrested in West Virginia after agents swooped when a package was left at a pre-arranged ‘dead drop.’


The FBI recovered a blue memory card wrapped in plastic and placed between two slices of bread on a half of a peanut butter sandwich, court documents say.

The memory card also included a typed message that said, in part: ‘I hope your experts are very happy with the sample provided and I understand the importance of a small exchange to grow our trust.’

According to the justice department, Mr. Toebbe told agents he had ‘passports and cash set aside for a quick getaway after asking for help being ‘extracted’ should the plot be uncovered.

On another occasion, Mr. Toebba was paid around $70,000 for information on a memory card which he had concealed in a chewing gum packet.

The couple, Annapolis, Maryland, is accused of violating the Atomic Energy Act, which restricts disclosing information related to atomic weapons or nuclear materials.

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