Officer pleads guilty to all charges in Navy spy case

Officer pleads guilty to all charges
in Navy spy case Provided by The Canadian Press

By | Oct 10, 2012 10:00 am

Sub.-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle covers his face with a Tom Clancy spy novel as he heads from provincial court in Halifax on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Sub.-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle covers his face with a Tom Clancy spy novel as he heads from provincial court in Halifax on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

HALIFAX — A Canadian naval officer pleaded guilty to espionage Wednesday, five years after a Crown lawyer said he walked into the Russian embassy, offered up military secrets for money and began a relationship that resulted in the sharing of a “vast amount” of sensitive information.

Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle rose before a provincial court judge in Halifax, showing no emotion and clasping his hands together, and acknowledged that he understood the consequences of his plea to the unprecedented charges.

When asked if he confirmed the guilty pleas, the 41-year-old intelligence officer merely said, “Yes sir,” before leaving the court to return to prison as he awaits sentencing in January.

Federal Crown attorney Lyne Decarie outlined the case against Delisle during a bail hearing on March 28, saying he voluntarily approached Russian officials in 2007.

There was a publication ban on evidence and arguments presented at the proceedings in the spring, but the guilty plea means there will not be a jury trial now. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 10.

At the time, Decarie said in court that “following some personal problems, Delisle walked into the Russian embassy in Ottawa and offered his services. He offered to sell information to them.”

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