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A Woman Charged in a Case Regarding Submarine Secrets Will Remain in Custody.

Prosecutors contended that Diana Toebbe and her husband contemplated leaving the country years ago via text conversations.

A federal magistrate judge ordered the wife of a Navy nuclear engineer's prolonged imprisonment on charges she conspired to sell American submarine secrets to a foreign government.

Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble noted in his order remanding Diana Toebbe to the custody of US Marshals that she was a willing participant in dropping classified documents in a dead drop set up by undercover F.B.I. agents and cited text messages between her and her husband in 2019 about leaving the country.

"The preponderance of the evidence against defendant Diana Toebbe is overwhelming," the judge stated in his Thursday order.

Additionally, the magistrate court stated that the government had not discovered the entirety of the documents the Toebbes were accused of attempting to sell to a foreign government, or the money handed to them by undercover FBI agents.

Jonathan and diana toebbe sell secrets Navy nuclear.powered Virginia class
Diana Toebbe contested the prosecution's request that she remain jailed without bail in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, on Wednesday. A judge ruled in her favor.

The Toebbes pleaded not guilty this week to allegations of conspiring to sell to a foreign entity secrets about the Navy's nuclear-powered Virginia-class attack submarines. Mr. Toebbe did not challenge the government's efforts to confine him during the subsequent detention hearing, but Ms. Toebbe's attorneys fought hard to have her released prior to her trial.

Prosecutors contended during the court hearings that the Toebbes had considered departing the country for years. The court highlighted encrypted text messages discovered on the couple's phones following the F.B.I. raid in the order.

"We have passports and some money. On March 7, 2019, Jonathan Toebbe wrote, "In a true emergency, we can evacuate rapidly." Ms. Toebbe responded the following day, writing: "Right. Let us depart sooner rather than later."

Ms Toebbe's attorney, Edward B. MacMahon Jr., stated during a hearing this week that the notion that Diana Toebbe was plotting to abandon the country was refuted by one simple fact: she and her husband had allowed their passports to expire in February 2020.

Mr. MacMahon contended that Ms. Toebbe posed no threat of fleeing under court supervision. Continuing to keep Ms. Toebbe, he stated, would jeopardize her health, and her two children required parental care.

However, prosecutors stated that they had not located the $100,000 in cryptocurrencies given to the Toebbes by undercover F.B.I. agents while they gathered evidence against them. They contended that until the money was discovered, Ms. Toebbe would have the wherewithal to flee.

The court concurred with the prosecutors, stating that he was unimpressed by the defense contention that monitoring would guarantee Ms. Toebbe's continued presence in the United States. In his order, Judge Trumble stated that Ms. Toebbe posed a flight risk and should be detained only for that reason.

He referred to a 2019 text message from Ms. Toebbe to her husband, advising them to make travel arrangements out of the country.

"Despite the fact that defendant has no past criminal history, the nature and circumstances of the allegations against her, as well as her acts, establish that defendant is a clear and persuasive danger to every community and to our national security," the judge concluded.

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