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A New Case For DL Sleuths: Bumbling Spies Jonathan and Diana Toebbe

Just got busted for attempting to sell nuclear submarine secrets to a unnamed foreign country.

Pretty amateur operation.

She was a school teacher, he was a Navy engineer.

They have small children, who, if they are convicted as seems likely and receive life sentences, they will never see again.

What was going on?

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by Anonymousreply 12October 13, 2021 7:20 PM

And yes, Oh Dear Troll, it should be "an unnamed..."

by Anonymousreply 1October 12, 2021 6:24 PM

Be interesting when we finally find out which country they were attempting to sell to. They were amateur and sloppy with their tradecraft.

by Anonymousreply 2October 12, 2021 6:53 PM
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by Anonymousreply 3October 12, 2021 6:57 PM

As already noted in the earlier thread wife was a BIG anti-Trumper, pro BLM, pro Hillary Humanities professor. She wanted to punish the US and probably pushed her wimp husband into this treason.

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by Anonymousreply 4October 12, 2021 7:11 PM

It will be interesting to see who they were spying for-- friend or foe?

by Anonymousreply 5October 12, 2021 11:27 PM

Friend who notified the US leading to their capture. Somebody who could use American nuke sub tech.

Israel was my first guess before I learned she was a progressive. Jews aren't popular with them. France is next most likely.

by Anonymousreply 6October 12, 2021 11:34 PM

The fact that Israel doesn't have much of a navy might also be a clue.

by Anonymousreply 7October 12, 2021 11:37 PM

Israel has bought from Germany a very nice nuclear-weapons capable sub fleet. Somebody might very well think they'd like to learn more for their own use.

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by Anonymousreply 8October 12, 2021 11:42 PM

If it was an amateurish operation it can't be the Russians. Unless they want them caught for some reason. Putin is a KGB man and thinks like one.

by Anonymousreply 9October 13, 2021 1:05 AM

[quote] It will be interesting to see who they were spying for-- friend or foe?

A brief article in yesterday's NYT hints at the country as being a "friendly" one.

[quote] Evidence in the court documents suggests the foreign country the Toebbes allegedly tried to sell the information to was an ally, or at least something of a partner, since it cooperated with the F.B.I. as the sting operation unfolded. While some experts speculated France could have been the target, French officials said they were not involved in the incident.

by Anonymousreply 10October 13, 2021 3:53 AM

Mais oui! They would say that, non?

by Anonymousreply 11October 13, 2021 6:18 AM

They had to be a friendly country, since they alerted the FBI, and then allowed the FBI to send a signal from their Embassy in DC. France claims it isn't them...inteersting.

by Anonymousreply 12October 13, 2021 7:20 PM
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