When it comes to the world’s military pecking order, there is still no doubt whatsoever that the United States is atop the globe. Our weapons, at least the ones we know about, are the most technologically advanced in the world, with countries such as China and Russia consistently playing catch-up, all the while boasting of their military breakthroughs in some sort of attempt to goad the US into showing our hand.
In reality, however, these so-called superpowers are consistently attempting to compromise our military’s inner-circle, and glean top secret information whenever and wherever they can.
That is why the FBI has been working overtime to root out American military members who might be coerced by cash into divulging national secrets. This week, they nabbed a Naval engineer with a treasure trove of classified info.
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.
Toebbe had been paid upward of $70,000 for a number of memory card exchanges with FBI agents, with information pertaining to the propulsion systems of one of America’s most advanced nuclear submarines.