Court convicts Canadian naval officer for leaking intel info

February 9, 2013 9:43 am 

OTTAWA, Feb. 9 — Canadian naval intelligence officer Jeffrey Delisle, 41, was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment after being found guilty of selling military secrets to Russians.

Nova Scotia Provincial Court Chief Judge Patrick Curran handed down the ruling.

The court convicted Delisle on three counts but he'll only spend 18 years and five more months behind bars because of time already served.

He'll also be fined 111,817 Canadian dollars (about 111, 554 U.S. dollars) – the amount he received from the Russians in exchange for classified information over a period of four and a half years beginning 2007.

The court heard that Delisle began espionage for Russia when he committed "professional suicide" and walked into the Russian embassy in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, offering to leak sensitive information from a computer system to which he had access while being posted at an intelligence facility in Halifax.

He had been in custody since his arrest on Jan. 13, 2012.

During another court hearing in October, he pleaded guilty to all of the three criminal charges against him.

Delisle held the rank of sub-lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy.

The Canadian military will review his status and remove him from the navy, noted Canadian forces defense staff chief General Thomas Lawson.(PNA/Xinhua)

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