Crown says navy officer was paid nearly $72,000 for selling secrets to Russia

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Crown says navy officer was paid nearly $72,000 for selling secrets to Russia

HALIFAX - The Crown says a navy intelligence officer convicted of espionage was paid nearly $72,000 for selling secrets to the Russians.

Lyne Decarie told the provincial court that Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle received the payments from 2007 until 2011 as a sentencing hearing began today in Halifax.

Delisle pleaded guilty in October to one charge of breach of trust and two charges of passing information to a foreign entity that could harm Canada's interests.

Delisle, who sat in the courtroom next to his defence lawyer wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, is the first person to be sentenced under Canada's Security of Information Act.

The breach of trust charge carries a maximum sentence of five years, while the other charges carry life sentences.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled to last two days.

Decarie said Delisle walked into the Russian Embassy in Ottawa in July 2007 to offer his services for money.

She said Russian agents told him to provide a "manuscript" on the 10th of each month with information pertaining to Russia.

He received 23 payments in all for his work, totalling $71,817, she said.

Delisle joined the navy as a reservist in 1996, became a member of the regular forces in 2001 and promoted to an officer rank in 2008. He was arrested last January.

Organizations: Russian Embassy

Geographic location: Russia, HALIFAX, Canada

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