U.S. Navy engineer, spouse charged with promoting submarine secrets and techniques to an unidentified overseas nation

A U.S. Navy nuclear engineer and his spouse have been charged with promoting secret details about nuclear submarines to an undercover FBI agent who posed as an operative for a overseas nation, the Justice Division mentioned on Sunday. 

Court docket data present that Jonathan Toebbe, 42, and his spouse, 45, unwittingly communicated with FBI brokers and handed alongside delicate navy secrets and techniques, totally on Virginia-class submarines.

The scheme practically lasted a yr, beginning in December 2020, a month after the 2020 US presidential election. 

The couple had been arrested at a drop website on Saturday in West Virginia. They had been charged with espionage and violating the Atomic Power Act, the Justice Division mentioned in a press release. 

Toebbe held an lively nationwide safety clearance by means of the Division of Protection, giving him entry to restricted information. He would ship the information to the unidentified nation, labelled as ‘COUNTRY1’ in courtroom paperwork.   

Nonetheless, in December 2020, an FBI official acquired a bundle that had been despatched to overseas from somebody making an attempt to determine ‘a covert relationship’ with a consultant from the overseas nation. 

Diane Toebbe (left), 45, and Jonathan Toebbe (proper), had been charged with espionage and violation of the Atomic Power Act after leaking delicate labeled info to an unknown overseas nation in December 2020, a month after the 2020 election

‘The bundle contained U.S. Navy paperwork, a letter containing directions, and an SD card containing particular directions on how COUNTRY1 ought to reply utilizing an encrypted communication platform, and extra paperwork,’ investigators mentioned in a courtroom submitting.

‘I apologize for this poor translation into your language. Please ahead this letter to your navy intelligence company,’ the letter handed over to the FBI said. ‘I imagine this info shall be of nice worth to your nation. This isn’t a hoax.’

Later, in April 2021, Toebbe despatched one other bundle, itemizing a return deal with in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That bundle had a pattern of restricted information and directions for buying extra info.  

At one level, Toebbe hid a digital reminiscence card containing paperwork about submarine nuclear reactors in half a peanut butter sandwich at a ‘lifeless drop’ location in West Virginia, whereas his spouse acted as lookout, the Justice Division mentioned.

The reminiscence card contained ‘militarily delicate design components, working parameters and efficiency traits of Virginia-class submarine reactors,’ in line with a federal courtroom affidavit.

One other reminiscence card was present in a chewing gum bundle, the Justice Division mentioned. After making a fee to Toebbe of $70,000 in cryptocurrency, the FBI acquired a decryption key for the cardboard. 

Investigators mentioned it additionally had restricted information associated to submarine nuclear reactors. 

Toebbe acquired separate cryptocurrency funds totalling $100,000, in line with the Justice Division. 

They had been charged with conspiracy and ‘communication of restricted information,’ in line with a felony grievance.

No lawyer for the Toebbes was listed in both the courtroom paperwork or the Justice Division assertion. 

The couple are scheduled to look in a West Virginia federal courtroom on Tuesday.

The FBI Retrieves Package deal Containing U.S. Navy Paperwork from LEGAT in UNIDENTIFIED COUNTRY  

On or about December 20, 2020, the FBI’s attaché (‘LEGAT’) in COUNTRY1 obtained a bundle representatives from COUNTRY1 had acquired in April 2020 by means of a mail provider from the U.S. by an unidentified topic in an try to determine a covert relationship. 

The bundle contained U.S. Navy paperwork, a letter containing directions, and an SD card containing particular directions on how COUNTRY1 ought to reply utilizing an encrypted communication platform, and extra paperwork. 

Within the letter, the sender said a need to promote paperwork containing U.S. Navy info marked CONFIDENTIAL that included printouts, digital media recordsdata containing technical particulars, operations manuals, and efficiency stories.

The letter requested the transmission of the enclosed technical information to COUNTRY1’s navy intelligence company. The sender wrote: ‘I apologize for this poor translation into your language. Please ahead this letter to your navy intelligence company. I imagine this info shall be of nice worth to your nation. This isn’t a hoax.’

The bundle that contained the fabric described above was a brown envelope with 4 U.S. postage stamps, a postal barcode, and a despatched date of April 1, 2020. The return deal with was recognized as a location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A subject-matter skilled on the U.S. Navy with information of the paperwork included within the bundle despatched to COUNTRY I knowledgeable the FBI that these paperwork had been U.S. Authorities paperwork that contained Restricted Information.

On December 23, 2020, the FBI analyzed the encryption keys that had been within the SD card despatched within the unique envelope. There have been three keys situated on the SD card: Alice Hill — Public Key, Bob Burns — Non-public Key, and a ProtonMail Public Key. In cryptography, Alice and Bob are generally used as placeholders in discussions about cryptographic protocols or programs. The FBI famous that the general public key Alice Hill had two sub-keys. The primary sub-key was used to signal and certify.

The non-public key Bob Burns had two sub-keys. The primary sub-key was used to signal and certify. The second sub-key was used for encryption. The ProtonMail public key had two sub-keys.

ProtonMail is an end-to-end encrypted electronic mail service based in 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. ProtonMail makes use of client-side encryption to guard electronic mail content material and consumer information earlier than they’re despatched to the ProtonMail servers. 

The service might be accessed by means of a webmail shopper, the onion router (also called the Tor) community, or devoted iOS or Android apps. The service is run by Proton Applied sciences AG. The corporate additionally operates ProtonVPN, a VPN service. 

In my coaching and expertise, people who interact in actions that they want to maintain hidden or secret, or once they want to maintain their location hidden or secret, use an encrypted electronic mail service like ProtonMail.

As well as, the FBI decided that the SD card contained metadata exhibiting that the cardboard had been related to a pc with a Macintosh working system.

On December 26, 2020, the FBI initiated the primary of a number of emails to ‘ALICE’ on ProtonMail. The FBI utilized a ProtonMail account using the pseudo identify ‘BOB.’ The e-mail said, ‘We acquired your letter. We need to work with you. It has been many months, so we have to know if you’re nonetheless on the market. Please reply to this message, then we’ll present instruction methods to proceed.’ 

On February 10, 2021, ‘ALICE’ responded and said, ‘Thanks for contacting me. I’m nonetheless right here. The covid illness has made it harder to search out possibilities to verify this electronic mail. Allow us to talk about methods to proceed.’

On February 24, 2021, an FBI agent appearing in an undercover capability (‘the UC’) responded and said, ‘We perceive the delay and hope you’re effectively. Our consultants reviewed the data you offered. We want as pattern your [US. Navy Information — Specific Sections].’ We’ve got a trusted buddy in your nation who has a present so that you can compensate to your efforts…

On March 5, 2021, ‘ALICE’ replied with the next. ‘Jam uncomfortable with this association. Head to head conferences are very dangerous for me, as I’m certain you perceive. I suggest exchanging presents electronically, for mutual security. I can add paperwork to a safe cloud storage account, encrypted with the important thing I’ve offered you. You’ll be able to ship me an appropriate present in Monero cryptocurrency to an deal with I’ll present. 100,000 usd must be sufficient to show to me that you’re not an unwelcome third celebration trying to make hassle for me. When I’ve confirmed receipt of your present, I’ll present you the obtain hyperlink. We’re each protected. I perceive this can be a giant request. Nonetheless, please bear in mind I’m risking my life to your profit and I’ve taken step one. Please assist me belief you totally.’

In accordance with public sources, Monero is a decentralized cryptocurrency that makes use of a publicly distributed ledger with privacy-enhancing applied sciences that obfuscate transactions to attain anonymity and fungibility.

On March 18, 2021, the UC posing as a consultant of COUNTRY1 wrote, ‘We perceive a head to head assembly can be uncomfortable. We propose a impartial drop location. Whenever you go to the placement alone, you retrieve a present and depart behind the pattern we request. We hope to have a really lengthy friendship that advantages mutually.’

On March 22, 2021, ‘ALICE’ replied. ‘I perceive your proposal to begin a lifeless drop. I’m involved that utilizing a lifeless drop location your buddy prepares makes me very susceptible. If different events are observing the placement, I shall be unable to detect them. lam not knowledgeable, and would not have a crew supporting me. Jam additionally involved {that a} bodily present can be very troublesome to elucidate if I’m questioned. For now, I need to contemplate the chance that you’re not the individual I hope you’re. It might be very straightforward for the serial numbers of payments to be recorded. Monitoring units and different nasty surprises should be thought of as effectively. I suggest to change your plan within the following methods:

 1. I’ll place the pattern you requested on a reminiscence card and place it in a drop location of my selecting… I’m not knowledgeable and I’m certain that publicly accessible info on this topic is incomplete.

2. The samples shall be encrypted utilizing GnuPG symmetric encryption with a randomly generated passphrase.

3. I’ll inform you the placement and methods to discover the cardboard. I may also offer you a Monero deal with. This type of presents protects each of us very effectively. Jam very conscious of the dangers of blockchain evaluation of BitCoin and different cryptocurrencies, and imagine Monero offers each us wonderful deniability.

4. As soon as I affirm receipt of my present, I provides you with the passphrase. Your buddy and I’ll by no means go to the identical drop location twice. I provides you with a brand new Monero deal with every time. The decryption key shall be totally different every time. No patterns for third events to watch. The one digital footprints shall be Proton to Proton, so there’s much less danger of encrypted site visitors being collected for future evaluation by third events. That half isn’t excellent. Maybe as our friendship develops we’ll change addresses periodically?’

On April 1, 2021, the UC posing as a consultant of COUNTRY1 responded to ‘ALICE’ and said, ‘We perceive your concern and recognize the considerate plan… as an indication of excellent religion and belief we want to pay you equal of 10,000 USD instantly on Monero to handle you present. Drop places are most secure and permit us to make exchanges with out coming involved and naturally depart no digital footprint… Your proposed methodology of reminiscence card with encryption/passphrases is appropriate. For the small pattern we requested you’ll obtain one other 20,000 USD. When you affirm Monero deal with we’ll activate fee. Our subsequent step shall be info on drop location we’ve got chosen. This methodology will construct belief between usfor a bigger transaction in future. Our consultants are interested by info you’ve however we insist on sustaining our discretion and safety as a precedence.’

On April 9, 2021, ‘ALICE’ wrote, ‘I’m sorry to be so cussed and untrusting, however I cannot conform to go to a location of your selecting. I need to contemplate the chance that l am speaking with an adversary who has intercepted my first message and is making an attempt to reveal me. Wouldn’t such an adversary want me to go to a spot of his selecting, figuring out that an novice shall be unlikely to detect his surveillance? For those who insist on my bodily delivering the bundle, then it should be a spot of my selecting. I ask you to contemplate the viability of an digital lifeless drop. I can set up an encrypted on-line storage account with out offering any figuring out info and with out upsetting any suspicion…One other chance happens to me: is there some bodily sign you can also make that proves your identification to me? I might plan to go to Washington D.C. over the Memorial Day weekend. I might simply be one other vacationer within the crowd. Maybe you may fly a sign flag in your roof? One thing simply observable from the road, however nothing to arouse an adversaries suspicion?…’

On April 23, 2021, the UC posing as a consultant of COUNTRY1 emailed the next: ‘You do not want to apologize. We recognize you being cautious. That’s a lot better than somebody reckless. Your considerate plans point out you aren’t novice. This relationship requires mutual consolation. There may be danger on either side and we perceive your want for security assurance of who you’re speaking with. As you counsel we will accommodate a sign in Washington D.C. over the Memorial Day weekend. We’ll set a sign from our principal constructing observable from the road. It would deliver you consolation with sign on show from space inside our property that we management and never a [sic] adversary. For those who agree please acknowledge. We’ll then present extra instruction in regards to the sign. We hope this plan will proceed to construct vital belief and luxury of our identification.’

On Might 5, 2021 ‘ALICE’ wrote, ‘I’ll make plans to be within the capitol [sic] over the Memorial Day weekend. It might be finest to go away the sign seen for your complete vacation weekend so I can plan to move by within the pure course of my vacationer day. I could also be on foot or passing by in a bus or automobile or bicycle, so please plan for one thing straightforward to identify.’

On Might 17, 2021, the UC posing as a consultant of COUNTRY1 responded and mentioned, partly, ‘We’re blissful to set a sign to deliver you consolation and construct vital belief between us. The sign shall be inside our principal constructing from Saturday morning till Sunday night Memorial Day weekend.’ 

In the course of the weekend of Might 29-30, 2021, the FBI carried out an operation within the Washington, D.C. space that concerned putting a sign at a location related to COUNTRY1 in an tried effort to achieve bona fides with ‘ALICE.’

On Might 31, 2021, the FBI acquired affirmation through the ProtonMail from ‘ALICE’ that the sign was acquired. ‘ALICE’ additionally wrote that, ‘Now Jam comfy telling you your assumption that Pittsburgh can be a handy location for me is inaccurate.. .for now I can inform you I’m situated close to Baltimore, Maryland. Please let me know if you end up able to proceed with our first trade. After you have drop location particulars for me, I provides you with the Monero deal with and put together the pattern you’ve requested.’ 

‘ALICE’ went on to request readability of the U.S. Navy info requested by the UC posing as a consultant of COUNTRY1.

On June 4, 2021, the UC posing as a consultant of COUNTRY1 requested the Monero deal with to offer ‘ALICE’ a fee of $10,000 USD as an indication of excellent religion and belief. The UC additionally knowledgeable ‘ALICE’ that new communication directions can be offered on the trade location. 

On June 8, 2021, ‘ALICE’ wrote that, ‘For optimum safety it is vitally vital that you don’t ship Monero to the identical deal with twice.’ ‘ALICE’ then offered the FBI with a fee deal with. ‘ALICE’ then went on to state, ‘I’ll place info you’ve requested~ encrypted, on a reminiscence card together with the deal with for the second fee you supplied in a plain textual content file. After I affirm the second fee I’ll offer you the decryption passphrase utilizing the brand new communication methodology. Jam additionally excited to proceed our relationship…’

On June 10, 2021, the FBI paid ‘ALICE’ roughly $10,000 USD in Monero cryptocurrency.

On June 17, 2021, ‘ALICE’ thanked the FBI for the primary fee and said that he/she was, ‘eagerly ready to your directions.’

On June 18, 2021, the UC posing as a consultant of COUNTRY1 emailed ‘ALICE’ to offer detailed directions on servicing a lifeless drop location in Jefferson County, West Virginia to happen on June 26, 2021. 

The UC mentioned directions relating to the subsequent fee to ‘ALICE’ in addition to extra assurance that ‘ALICE’ can be paid $20,000 upon the pattern verification and authenticity of the data offered on the drop location.

On June 23, 2021, ‘ALICE’ despatched the FBI a affirmation electronic mail stating, ‘I perceive your directions and am prepared to maneuver ahead.’ 

On June 26, 2021, at roughly 10:41 a.m., the FBI noticed JONATHAN TOEBBE bodily service a lifeless drop location in Jefferson County, West Virginia. 

Data present that JONATHAN TOEBBE is a authorities worker working as a nuclear engineer for america Navy and holds an lively High Secret Safety Clearance by means of america Division of Protection and an lively Q clearance from america Division of Power. 

On the identical date and time, the FBI additionally noticed JONATHAN TOEBBE’s partner, DIANA TOEBBE, standing roughly one meter away from JONATHAN TOEBBE throughout the servicing of the lifeless drop location. 

Primarily based on my expertise and coaching, it appeared that DIANA TOEBBE assisted JONATHAN TOEBBE throughout the lifeless drop operation. DIANA TOEBBE appeared to behave as a lookout for JONATHAN TOEBBE throughout the drop and survey the encircling space. 

Thereafter, DIANA TOEBBE signaled to JONATHAN TOEBBE to proceed on a path after JONATHAN TOEBBE accomplished the drop. Data present that DIANA TOEBBE is a school member and humanities trainer in Annapolis, Maryland. Each JONATHAN TOEBBE and DIANA TOEBBE reside in Annapolis, Maryland. 

Following the servicing of the lifeless drop location, each JONATHAN TOEBBE and DIANA TOEBBE had been noticed strolling by means of a extra populated space close to the placement of the lifeless drop. From my expertise and coaching, it appeared that each JONATHAN TOEBBE and DIANA TOEBBE had been conducting surveillance detection routes, which means that they had been shifting in a option to try and detect whether or not they had been being surveilled or adopted. 

In complete, the FBI noticed JONATHAN TOEBBE and/or DIANA TOEBBE arrive within the location of the lifeless drop at roughly 9:44 a.m. and depart the placement at roughly 11.22a.m. 

Throughout this approximate timeframe, the FBI noticed a automobile registered to JONATHAN TOEBBE parked in a customer’s lot. 

In a while the identical date, June 26, 2021, the FBI recovered a blue 16GB SanDisk SD Card left by JONATHAN TOEBBE on the lifeless drop location. The SD card was wrapped in plastic and positioned between two slices of bread on a half of a peanut butter sandwich. The half sandwich was housed within a plastic bag.

On June 28, 2021, ‘ALICE’ despatched a ProtonMail message, offering the Monero deal with for fee. On the identical date, the FBI electronically paid ‘ALICE’ roughly $20,000 USD in Monero. 

On June 29, 2021, ‘ALICE’ offered the password to the FBI in an encrypted ProtonMail message. The FBI subsequently opened the offered SD card and offered the contents to the U.S. Navy subject material skilled. The U.S. Navy decided that a number of paperwork on the SD card contained Restricted Information. Particularly, the U.S. Navy subject material skilled decided that a number of of the paperwork contained militarily delicate design components, working parameters, and efficiency traits of Virginia-class submarine reactors. 

The SD card contained the next typed message from ‘ALICE’: 

I hope your consultants are very pleased with the pattern offered and I perceive the significance of a small trade to develop our belief. Many of the materials Ipossess is comparable in format — multz~le pages per sheet. Drafted drawings are break up over a number of common sheets to protect good element. And I used coloration the place it appeared vital — like graphs with a number of traces. I count on your new communication directions shall be simply as clear and secure as your drop directions. Nonetheless, I counsel you proceed to observe your Proton till I’m able to set up contact along with your new methodology. If there’s a downside, I’ll use it to request assist. All of my earlier emails have been signed: Yours actually, Alice Ifit is ever essential to Proton you once more, I’ll finish the e-mail with Sincerely, Alice as an alternative to guarantee you the message is from me and that Jam not underneath duress. For now, I suggest we proceed with weekend exchanges at appropriate parks and trails, much like this one. Particulars of my each day routine could slender an investigator’s search an excessive amount of of your group is infiltrated by an adversary at some point. Climbing and visiting historic websites is simpler to elucidate than sudden stops throughout rush hour in the event that they ever take a particular curiosity in me. we’re to proceed utilizing this methodology of trade long run, it is vitally vital that I’ve as a lot flexibility in timing my deliveries as potential. I wish to create a pure legendfor my curiosity in visiting a selected place sooner or later — studying articles about ten enjoyable issues to do in Baltimore this month and ‘stumbling’ throughout a fantastic hike near house, for instance. Unhealthy climate on at some point would possibly wreck that cowl story. I hope you’ll forgive my extra warning. I would like our relationship to be very profitable for us each, and that implies that I should be very cautious at each step. 

Yours actually, 


As well as, FBI evaluation of the SD card confirmed that it contained metadata indicating that the cardboard had been related to a pc with the identical model of Macintosh working system because the SD card contained within the bundle postmarked April 1, 2020, and described in Paragraph 13 above.

As indicated above, the FBI decided that JONATHAN TOEBBE carried out the June 26, 2021 lifeless drop described above. JONATHAN TOEBBE has labored for the U.S. authorities since 2012.

From October 2012 to the current, JONATHAN TOEBBE has labored on issues of naval nuclear propulsion. JONATHAN TOEBBE has been assigned to the Reactor Engineering Division of the U.S. Navy, which is accountable for new and working reactor plant noise and vibration expertise and for helping with reactor plant shock expertise and design, manufacturing, and testing. JONATHAN TOEBBE has additionally been assigned to Bettis Atomic Energy Laboratory, a U.S. Authorities-owned analysis and growth facility within the Pittsburgh suburb of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania that works completely on the design and growth of nuclear energy for the U.S. Navy. Throughout one or each of those assignments, JONATHAN TOEBBE had entry to the U.S. Navy info handed in each the bodily letter to COUNTRY 1 in addition to the digital U.S. Navy info handed within the lifeless drops on June 26, 2021, and August 28, 2021, which is described under in paragraphs 52-64.

On September 28, 2017, JONATHAN TOEBBE was launched/discharged from Lively Obligation and maintained a reserve obligation termination date of July 23, 2020. The rationale listed for his separation was that JONATHAN TOEBBE accomplished his required lively service. 46. On March 25, 2020, JONATHAN TOEBBE’s TS clearance was renewed. This renewal was simply days earlier than the April 1, 2020 postmark date on the bundle despatched to COUNTRY1. 

Concurrent with its investigation into JONATHAN TOEBBE and DIANA TOEBBE, the FBI deliberate the subsequent lifeless drop operation for south-central Pennsylvania. 48. On July 31, 2021, the FBI noticed JONATHAN TOEBBE and DIANA TOEBBE journey from their Annapolis residence to south-central Pennsylvania, the place JONATHAN TOEBBE was noticed servicing a lifeless drop. Whereas JONATHAN TOEBBE serviced the lifeless drop, DIANA TOEBBE was close by. When JONATHAN TOEBBE completed servicing the lifeless drop, he signaled for DIANA TOEBBE to comply with him as he departed the placement. Inside seconds, the FBI noticed DIANA TOEBBE following JONATHAN TOEBBE as he departed the placement of the lifeless drop. The FBI noticed that JONATHAN TOEBBE and DIANA TOEBBE arrived and departed the world in the identical automobile used to journey to and from the lifeless drop location on June 26, 2021.

In a while the identical date, July 31, 2021, the FBI recovered a 32GB SD card left by JONATHAN TOEBBE on the lifeless drop location. The SD card was hidden in a sealed Band-Help wrapper with a Band-Help inside a transparent Zip Lock bag. The FBI had noticed JONATHAN TOEBBE take away the Ziploc bag from his left shorts pocket, place the bag in an FBI-designed container, and take away a written message the FBI had positioned within the container for him. 

The SD card contained the next typed message from ‘ALICE.’ The phrase [REDACTED] seems the place the unique message contained labeled info or Restricted Information

You cannot imaging [sic] my aid at discovering your letter simply the place you informed me to look! Certainly~ this has been a protracted journey and Jam very blissful to have a dependable skilled accomplice in you. Jam certain my unconventional method was worrying your superiors. Thanks for taking the dangers you need to construct the mutual belief we have to transfer ahead. I recognize your praise of my efforts to safe our communication. It was very challengingfor an novice to quietly collect info on methods to attain you. Now that we’ve got established a safer methodology to write down, please inform me if I make a mistake or when you’ve got recommendation on methods to accomplish a activity in order that I can enhance my expertise and cut back our shared danger. For instance, thanks for the reminder to make use of money solely. I’ve been doing so at each step, and don’t really feel insulted in any respect. Since my seif schooling is certain to have gaps, it’s possible I can’t know all issues which are easy and apparent to you. You could have anticipated my want for flexibility in timing deliveries completely. Use of the brand new Proton with the code methodology in your letter is an effective resolution. My new Proton is definitely an previous one I established quietly with a money solely burner cellphone whereas on trip a number of years in the past. My unique contact plan was to present the login particulars to you, however I deserted it as needlessly sophisticated. So it has been unused ever since for any function besides to enroll in a couple of harmless~, randomly chosen mailing lists to generate common uninteresting site visitors. I’ll proceed to make use of public WiFi and the TOR .onion connection to Proton to forestall an adversary from watching TOR entrance/exit nodes. In your letter you requested I ship two Protons: one with the Monero deal with and one with the decryption key. On the final SD card, I included the Monero deal with within the unencrypted file 1.txt. My concept was: your fee for the correct quantity to the correct deal with tells me you efficiently retrieved the cardboard, and my sending the key tells you I’ve acquired your letter and fee and am able to take the subsequent step. The one small benefit to my plan is you do not want to attend for my Proton with deal with. Is there a cause it’s safer to ship deal with separate from encrypted information? I’ll comply with the plan in your letter except you assume it’s higher to alter.

As I mentioned in my final letter I hope your consultants are very pleased with the pattern offered. In complete, Ipossess the next paperwork: 1. [REDACTED] 374 pages (4 pages per shee4 as with pattern). Observe the desk of contents signifies there are extra sections [REDACTED]. They weren’t included in recordsdata I had regular entry to since they relate largely to the reactor heavy gear and there was no believable cause for me to request them in my job. As this doc is just a excessive stage abstract of the [REDACTED] design, the lacking sections are of little significance. 2. [REDACTED] 1032 sheets. Each web page of each drawing listed in part [REDA CTED] is there. To protect good element~ I scaled the drawings to suit one giant drawing web page over a number of regular sheets. All [REDACTED] are current. 3. [REDA CTED] 7919 pages (4 pages per sheet). The [REDA CTED] stories the detailed outcomes of all [REDACTED] completed to foretell the habits of the [REDACTED] throughout regular [REDACTED]. The [REDACTED] additionally paperwork the design foundation assumptions used to hold out these analyses. Your technical consultants ought to have the ability to use this info and the [REDACTED] to ver~5~’ the outcomes utilizing their very own [REDACTED] codes. 4. [REDACTED] 1940 sheets — a mixture of schematics and drawings (unfold over a number of sheets for legibility,), working process (2 pages per sheet), and descriptive chapters (4 pages per sheet). The [REDACTED] is the [REDACTED] offered to US. Navy crews. function [REDACTED]. [REDACTED]. Troubleshooting issues. Routine Upkeep. Your naval consultants will have the ability to adapt these procedures to suit your personal operations. Working a [REDACTED] has many distinctive elements, and the [REDACTED] displays many years of US. Navy ‘classes discovered’ that can assist maintain your sailors secure. 5. [REDACTED]. Comparable informat and scope to the [REDACTED] they’re excessive stage summaries. I didn’t have entry to extra detailed recordsdata for these initiatives. However I feel you’re most within the [REDACTED] information anyway.

This info was slowly and thoroughly collected over a number of years within the regular course of my job to keep away from attracting consideration and smuggled previous safety checkpoints a couple of pages at a time. I not have entry to classifIed information so sadly can not assist you to receive different recordsdata. However I can reply your consultants questions utilizing my very own information, if we will set up a safe and confidential technique of communication. I’ve divided the [REDACTED] into fifty one packages, all however the final have 100 sheets every. The primary comprises the [REDACTED] and the primary of the drawings. If l perceive your letter accurately, you supply an extra 70~000 USD Monero for the [REDACTED]. I suggest the identical fee schedule for the remaining recordsdata: JOQ,000 USD Monero every for the 49 packages, not extra for 51. In complete~ 5,000,000 USD Monero. The quantity per transaction is, partly a safety measure. As you famous in your letter, US. safety forces are lazy. Additionally they have restricted budgets. Bait of] 0,000 or 20,000 USD to catch an agent are inside their regular actions. 100,000 USD and extra? They might supply it, however they won’t ship such a big quantity. New stories affirm this can be a widespread tactic utilized by US. safety forces to reveal brokers. Please don’t be offended by this, however your generosity thus far additionally matches precisely an adversaries [sic] possible play to entrap me. We are able to trade a number of packages at a time, in case your superiors are comfy with this association. For safety, I might strongly want to not make 50 separate drops to finish our enterprise. However I perceive you will have consultants to guage the supply. Possibly finest to begin with 1 bundle and enhance as our belief grows? I counsel a easy code despatched by means of Proton: electronic mail me the variety of packages you need on the subsequent drop. ‘1 ‘for simply the [REDACTED], ‘2 ‘for the [REDACTED] and one other bundle, and so forth. Myfriend, we’ve got each taken appreciable dangers to succeed in this level and with good luck will quickly have a lot to have a good time! 

Yours actually, 


As referenced above, the Tor community is an open-source software program that allows nameless communication by directing Web site visitors by means of a free, worldwide, volunteer overlay community consisting of greater than six thousand relays to hide the consumer’s location and utilization from anybody conducting community surveillance of site visitors evaluation. The Tor community permits customers to function web sites, known as ‘hidden companies,’ in a way that conceals the true IP deal with of the pc internet hosting the web site. Though regulation enforcement brokers might be able to view and entry hidden companies which are facilitating criminality, the IP deal with of a Tor hidden service can’t be decided through public lookups. Neither regulation enforcement nor hidden service customers can decide the true IP deal with — and subsequently the placement — of the pc server that hosts a hidden service by means of public lookups or unusual investigative means.

On August 13, 2021, the (JC posing as a consultant of COUNTRY 1 despatched an electronic mail to the beforehand offered Proton electronic mail deal with, stating ‘1’ as a sign for a request for one bundle on the subsequent drop on August 27, 2021. 

On August 27, 2021, at roughly 11:12 p.m., the FBI noticed JONATHAN TOEBBE depart his Annapolis residence as the only occupant of a automobile. JONATHAN TOEBBE was carrying a backpack.

On August 27, 2021, at roughly 11:35 p.m., ‘ALICE’ despatched a ProtonMail message confirming the lifeless drop date of August 28.

On August 27, 2021, at roughly 11:36 a.m., ‘ALICE’ offered a Monero deal with to the FBI in a ProtonMail message.

On August 27, 2021, at roughly 11:52 p.m., the FBI noticed JONATHAN TOEBBE return to his Annapolis residence as the only occupant of the identical automobile. JONATHAN TOEBBE was carrying a backpack. Between roughly 11:12 p.m. and 11:52 p.m., JONATHAN TOEBBE’s mobile phone remained on and on the residence, in line with GPS location info.

On August 28, 2021, the FBI noticed JONATHAN TOEBBE service a lifeless drop in jap Virginia. The FBI noticed JONATHAN TOEBBE place an merchandise within the container and take away a written message positioned within the container by the FBI. The FBI didn’t observe anybody helping within the service of the lifeless drop. JONATHAN TOEBBE had arrived on the lifeless location working a automobile through which he was the only occupant.

In a while August 28, 2021, the FBI retrieved the contents of the lifeless drop, which consisted of an SD card hid in a chewing gum bundle. 

On the night of August 28, 2021, the FBI electronically paid ‘ALICE’ roughly $70,000 USD in Monero, bringing the entire quantity paid up to now to $100,000 USD.

On August 29, 2021, at roughly 8:56 a.m., the FBI noticed JONATHAN TOEBBE depart his Annapolis residence because the operator of a automobile additionally occupied by certainly one of his minor youngsters. JONATHAN TOEBBE was carrying a backpack.

On August 29, 2021, at roughly 9:35 a.m., ‘ALICE’ offered the password to the FBI in an encrypted ProtonMail message. The FBI subsequently opened the SD card and offered the contents to the U.S. Navy subject material skilled. The U.S. Navy subject material skilled decided that a number of paperwork on the SD card contained Restricted Information. Particularly, the U.S. Navy subject material skilled decided that the doc contained schematic designs for the Virginia-class submarine. Virginia-class submarines are nuclear-powered cruise missile quick assault submarines, which incorporate the newest in stealth, intelligence gathering, and weapons programs expertise. Virginia-class submarines, with a per unit value of roughly $3 billion, are at the moment in service with america Navy and are anticipated to stay in service till a minimum of 2060.

As well as, FBI evaluation of the SD card confirmed that it contained metadata indicating that the cardboard had been related to a pc with the identical model of Macintosh working system because the SD card contained within the bundle postmarked April 1, 2020, and described in Paragraph 13 above. 

The SD card contained the next typed message from ‘ALICE’: First: lam very sorry for the confusion about this drop! After I first learn your.. letter, I didn’t verify what day of the week your proposed date was and assumed it was a Saturday. I used to be horrified to note this element whereas rereading your letter to stroll by means of the trade location one final time earlier than sleeping. I

 hope my amateurish mistake brought on you no severe hassle. After I checked out your proposed drop website on a map, I used to be at first very alarmed. Contemplating the principles you defined for choosing a location, it doesn’t appear to be in an excellent neighborhood. 

Nonetheless, Iplace my religion in your expertise and hope for a contented final result. I’ve thought of the potential want to go away on brief discover. Ought to that ever turn into vital, I shall be ceaselessly grateful to your assist extracting me and my household. I surmise step one can be unannounced journey to a secure third nation with plans to satisfy your colleagues. We’ve got passports and money put aside for this function. Ipray such a drastic plan won’t ever be wanted, however you’re proper: it’s a consolation to know you’re prepared and prepared to assist us. 

Please let me know what I ought to do to organize for this final resort. You requested ifI am working alone. There is just one different individual I do know is conscious of our particular relationship, and I belief that individual completely. I used to be extraordinarily cautious to assemble the recordsdata Ipossess slowly and naturally within the routine of my job, so no person would suspect my plan. 

We acquired coaching on warning indicators to identify insider threats. We made very certain to not show even a single one. Ido not imagine any of my former colleagues would suspect me, if there’s a future investigation The earlier two exchanges had been straightforward to search out due to your wonderful steerage. Primarily based on the images of this one, I’m certain I had no hassle discovering it to place this letter in your palms. I’m nervous that this one is additional and extra clearly off the everyday path. 

If I’m noticed~ a proof shall be harder. Jam certain it’s a stability, to make sure the container isn’t discovered by accident. However too removed from the path exposes you and me to a different danger of not showing as pure vacationers or joggers. For comparable causes, [the south-central Pennsylvania location] made me uncomfortable with just one logical parking space for a motorist and a literal remark tower overlooking the trail begin. I would like future drops to have multz~le pure entrances and exits in order that I can plan my very own method and retreat extra simply. I hope this doesn’t sound to you as overly important. 

I’m certain knowledgeable would don’t have any hassle, however Jam painfully conscious that I lack coaching in remark and mixing in. Staying outdoors cities may be very clever — allow us to proceed with places with [sic] an hour of Baltimore. I perceive your directions on using overlapping Protons and the brief alerts we will use. Due to my mistake on the date, we’ve got each made use of it. I additionally emailed the fee deal with to restrict the variety of occasions I’m going out to hook up with public WiFi. Relaxation assured, I at all times use a TO]? onion connection to Proton, and by no means use a espresso store or retailer near house. 

Though I’m not positioned to accumulate extra paperwork than these listed in my final letter I used to be severe in my supply to assist deal with questions out of your technical consultants. I hope your letter, or your subsequent will counsel methods to open a safe channel for that support. 

Thankyou to your partnership as effectively, my buddy. Someday, when it’s secure, maybe two previous pals could have an opportunity to stumble into one another at a restaurant, share a bottle of wine and snigger over tales of their shared exploits. A advantageous thought, however I agree that our mutual want for safety could make that unattainable. 

Whether or not we meet or no [sic], I’ll at all times bear in mind your bravery in serving your nation and your dedication to serving to me. 

Yours actually, 


Primarily based on my coaching and expertise, when JONATHAN TOEBBE says ‘just one different individual I do know is conscious of our particular relationship, and I belief that individual completely,’ I imagine he’s referring to his spouse, DIANA TOEBBE.

On August 29, 2021, at roughly 10:12 a.m., the FBI noticed JONATHAN TOEBBE return to his Annapolis residence as the only occupant of the identical automobile. JONATHAN TOEBBE was carrying a backpack 































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