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[ISN] Royal Canadian Navy officer charged with espionage

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Date: Thu Jan 26 2012 - 06:54:09 GMT

By Sebastian Murdoch-Gibson
News Writer
The Argus
January 24, 2012

Canadian authorities placed sub-lieutenant Jeffery Paul Delisle under
arrest last week for passing official military secrets to foreign
interests. Delisle is the first person to be charged under the Security
of Information Act, which superseded the Official Secrets Act shortly
after 9/11.

Delisle is currently awaiting trial for breach of trust, communication
of safeguarded information, and attempting to communicate safeguarded
information. If successfully prosecuted, Delisle will face life

Details remain scarce, but some concerning facts about Delisle’s
employment history have come to light. For five years he was posted to
the HMCS Trinity communications centre in Halifax, which has been
referred to by some media sources as a vital “nerve center” for the
Canadian Navy. Additionally, the center would have handled important
intelligence from Britain, the United States, and Australia.

Given the nature of the case, authorities have been hesitant to discuss
the nature or severity of the breach. The RCMP, which is spearheading
the investigation, is not willing to discuss details with media sources;
however, Defense Minister Peter McKay has spoken about the matter
publicly. He is refusing to speculate on the nature of the leaked
information or its destination but offered reassurances that our allies
do not suspect that this incident reflects on Canada.


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