A couple in Annapolis, Maryland was arrested Saturday by the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) on charges related to espionage according to federal authorities.
Nuclear engineer for the NAVY’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Jonathan Toebbe, along with his wife Diana, allegedly sold restricted information about the design of nuclear-powered naval vessels, according to the criminal complaint.
According to the documents, Jonathan Toebbe, who had top secret security clearance, as well as active Q clearance from the US Department of Energy (DOE), loaded restricted data onto SD cards and concealed them in half a peanut butter sandwich using a sealed Band-Aid wrapper and a chewing gum package. He then left the sandwiches at drop points in West Virginia, south-central Pennsylvania and eastern Virginia. He thought he was selling the data to a representative of a foreign power who actually an undercover FBI agent.
Of course, it doesn't say which foreign power, but I'm guessing China.
Having known a few of these near-Beltway types, the only thing that really shocks me is that the FBI bothered to sting them; shouldn't they be off infiltrating parents at school board meetings in Louden County as potential domestic terrorists or something?