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The Maryland couple is in custody in a submarine espionage case.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Maryland couple has accused a foreign government of plotting to sell the secrets of a sensitive U.S. submarine that will remain behind bars, a judge granted Tuesday. Said

Jonathan and Diana Tobey made a brief appearance in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Magistrate Judge Robert Trimble remanded him in custody pending a hearing on Friday, with further arguments expected.

The couple answered a judge’s unbiased questions, but did not provide any concrete information about the case.

Tubes was arrested in West Virginia over the weekend. Navy nuclear engineer Jonathan Tobe is accused of passing information about US submarines to a man he thought was a representative of a foreign government but who was in fact an FBI agent.

Authorities say Diana Toby sometimes traveled with her husband to pre-arranged “dead drop” locations, including providing insights.

The judge said Tuesday that anyone found guilty could face up to life in prison.

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