A US marine engineer reportedly tried to sell classified information about the construction of nuclear submarine reactors to a foreign secret service. The 42-year-old said he had approached classified information that was classified as “secret”. The US Department of Justice announced Sunday that he and his wife were arrested that weekend. You will be held accountable for espionage and secret violations.
The nuclear engineer reportedly sent the information to a foreign government in April 2020 with a request to forward the information to military intelligence. The US Department of Justice did not disclose which country it was. Representatives of this country informed the US Federal Police FBI in December 2020. FBI agents contacted the engineer using encryption and provided him with cryptocurrencies in exchange for information.
In June of this year, the engineer agreed to deposit a memory card with classified information with the secret service in a location in the US state of West Virginia. His wife would have helped him. According to the indictment, the FBI found a memory card with 16 gigabytes of data hidden in a sandwich. The map contained military secrets about the construction, operation, and performance of nuclear submarines.
After another charge, the engineer handed buyers – i.e. the FBI – an even larger memory card with more sorted information in July. The third exchange took place in August.
According to the FBI, the information is about Virginia-class submarines. Costing about $ 3 billion each, they are one of the Navy’s most advanced submarines. The ships are expected to be in service until at least 2060.