A US Navy engineer claimed that Russia and China were too hostile to America to work with.
According to reports, a US Navy engineer admitted selling classified submarine secrets to an unknown power. The secret was allegedly sold to Brazil. 43-year-old Jonathan Toebbe and his wife Diana Toebbe both pleaded guilty last month after being caught in an FBI sting trying to sell “Restricted Data related to the design of nuclear-powered warships.”However, until this week the name of the foreign power with which they attempted to collaborate remained secret.
The New York Times announced Tuesday that Toebbe was dead. “approached Brazil nearly two years ago with an offer of thousands of pages of classified documents about nuclear reactors.” After Toebbe made the offer to Brazil’s military intelligence agency, it forwarded the information to the FBI, which then organized a sting to catch the US Navy engineer red-handed.
Toebbe was convinced by an undercover FBI agent to pose as a Brazilian representative, and to hide the confidential documents. In October, the couple were arrested.
Toebbe chose Brazil reportedly because Brazil was not like the US, and was wealthy enough to purchase the secrets.
Brazil did not name itself as the “foreign power” when the initial news was published. According to the report Brazil didn’t wish to cooperate with the US in the matter.
Jonathan Toebbe is facing up to seven-and-a-half years imprisonment, while Diana Toebbe will spend as much as three.
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