Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle, the Halifax navy intelligence officer who sold secrets to Russia, has been given a 20-year prison sentence.
But the judge presiding over the case says Delisle will serve 18 years and five months behind bars because of time he has already served.
Provincial court Judge Patrick Curran said Friday that Delisle “coldly and rationally” offered his services to Russia.
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Delisle, 41, was arrested in January 2012 and became the first person to be charged under the Security of Information Act. That law was passed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
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In an agreed statement of facts, Delisle admitted that his treachery began when he walked into the Russian embassy in Ottawa in July 2007 and offered his services for money.
For years, he funnelled classified information to the Russians for monthly payments of about $3,000.
The naval threat assessment analyst said he used floppy discs and memory sticks to smuggle information out of Halifax’s HMCS Trinity, the military all-source intelligence centre on the East Coast.
He then took the information home and copied it into an email address that he shared with his Russian agent so he never had to send the email.
But he came under suspicion after returning in September 2011 from a trip to Brazil, where he met a Russian agent named Victor who told him that he would become a “pigeon” or liaison for all Russian agents in Canada.
Alarms were raised within the Canada Border Services Agency because he had no tan, little awareness of the tourist sites in Rio de Janeiro, three prepaid credit cards, thousands of dollars in U.S. currency and a handwritten note with an email address, the court heard.
Authorities intercepted two messages in January 2012 that Delisle tried to pass on to the Russians, and he was arrested shortly later.