A couple who pleaded guilty in an espionage case tried to sell classified information to Brazil, a senior Brazilian official and others with knowledge on the matter told The New York Times.
Jonathan Toebbe and his wife pleaded guilty to conspiracy to communicate restricted data after trying to sell information regarding nuclear-powered submarines. The former Navy engineer and wife were found guilty earlier this year but the identity of the country they attempted to sell information to remained anonymous. One person familiar with the issue told The Times Brazil wanted their cooperation to remain confidential which is why the identity was kept a secret.
It is unclear why Toebbe picked Brazil to try to sell the secrets to as the U.S. and Brazil had a good relationship during the Trump presidency, according to The Times.