The Annapolis couple charged with attempting to sell closely guarded secrets about U.S. nuclear submarines to a foreign power appears to have been radicalized by the anti-Trump #Resistance movement, according to a report published in the New York Times.
Jonathan Toebbe, an expert in nuclear physics and submarine propulsion, served in the Navy as an officer before being hired as a civilian consultant. He and his wife Diana, a teacher at a progressive private school, have been charged with violating the Atomic Energy Act's prohibition on sharing nuclear secrets.
The couple was busted by federal agents after delivering a memory card to a dead drop location in south-central Pennsylvania. They had allegedly proposed a payment of $100,000 in cryptocurrency in exchange for providing information to the foreign country, which has yet to be revealed.
The Times report described Ms. Toebbe as a "strong feminist and very liberal" academic who was "taken aback" by former president Donald Trump's election in 2016, and "mentioned several times that she was considering moving to Australia."
Toebbe's radicalization as a member of the anti-Trump #Resistance appears to have been a significant factor in compelling her to betray the United States. "She said she couldn't stand the current state of politics," one of her former students told the Times, which found no evidence that the couple was in financial distress, suggesting an alternative motive for their actions.