Canadian navy officer gets 20 years for espionage

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Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 4:34 PM

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — A Canadian navy intelligence officer who pleaded guilty to selling military secrets to Russia has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Provincial court Judge Patrick Curran said Friday that Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle will serve 18 years and five months behind bars because of time he has already served.

Delisle, 41, pleaded guilty in October to espionage for selling secrets to the Russians.

Delisle worked at a naval intelligence center and had access to information shared by Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. The prosecution said he would search for Russian references on his work computer, transfer it to a USB key, then take it home and paste it into an email program that he shared with his Russian handler. He began the espionage in 2007.

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