WASHINGTON (AP) – Maryland woman charged with her husband in conspiracy to sell submarine secrets to a foreign country must remain behind bars after a judge on Thursday determined she was a flight risk and a danger to national security.
Diana Toebbe’s lawyers pleaded for her release at a detention hearing on Wednesday. She and her husband Jonathan, a Navy nuclear engineer, were arrested earlier this month for violating atomic energy law.
US authorities say Jonathan Toebbe attempted to pass secrets about sophisticated Virginia-class submarines to someone he believed to be a representative of a foreign government but who was in fact an undercover FBI agent . Diana Toebbe is accused of having served as a lookout on three separate occasions during which her husband deposited memory cards containing sensitive information in pre-established and âdead dropâ locations.
In a ruling on Thursday, US investigating judge Robert Trumble rejected defense lawyers’ arguments that Diana Toebbe could be released under certain conditions at her home in Annapolis.
“Although the defendant has no criminal history, the nature and circumstances of the charges against her and her actions demonstrate that the defendant is a danger to every community and to our national security through clear and convincing evidence,” Trumble wrote, also describing it as a flight risk.