January 17th, 2012
06:34 PM ET

Canadian intel officer charged with spying

By CNN's Paula Newton

Canadian police have charged a naval intelligence officer with leaking government secrets to "a foreign entity," the first time such charges have been laid under a secrecy law passed in Canada after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle is charged with breach of trust and communicating safeguarded information to "a foreign entity" without lawful authority, police said. Delisle is set to appear in a Halifax, Nova Scotia, courtroom for a bail hearing on January 25. The charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

In a statement released to CNN, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson wrote, "Notwithstanding the seriousness of these charges, the RCMP is not aware of any threat to public safety at this time from this situation. This investigation demonstrates that Canada is not immune to threats posed by foreign entities wishing to undermine Canadian sovereignty."

Delisle, 40, has extensive experience working at the Royal Canadian Navy's HMCS Trinity center in Halifax, police said. The facility receives and analyzes information on warships. This information is often shared with allies, including the United States.

"Let me assure you our allies have full confidence in Canada," Defense Minister Peter MacKay told reporters in Ottawa.

He refused to confirm reports that Russia was on the receiving end of any of the secret information the naval officer is accused of passing on.

"I am not going to play Clue," he said.

However, CTV News in Canada is reporting that Russia was indeed the alleged recipient of the sensitive information over a period of a few years. CTV reported that the information could have included reports on allies including the United States.

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  1. Melynda Zechman


    March 6, 2021 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  2. TheWiz71

    Here's the bottom line – he volunteered for the Canadian forces. He voluntarily accepted a commission, and when he did so, he SWORE AN OATH of loyalty to the Queen of Canada, and then turned around and betrayed that voluntarily taken oath and commission. If guilty, at the very least he deserves life imprisonment.

    January 18, 2012 at 8:38 am | Reply
  3. mipolitic

    lets keep him out of the cloth of canada and to honour those that have died protecting the freedom the uniform stands for. orange with prisoner on his back is good when he appears in court or any where else is ok for the next 30 years. this dud did this when canada was at war in afghanistan, no good , this hurts militay efforts so just maybe he will regret being a trader and feel some pain internaly about life changing event . into the hands of care he will live for decades.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  4. Hahahahahahahahahaha

    Just exactly what kind of secrets does Canada have anyway? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

    January 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
    • Lincoln The Drunk

      Nothing that would matter to you, considering you couldn't find Canada on a map.

      January 18, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
    • Canadianeh!

      canadians who burnt down ur white house once 😉 where we dont have to sell our for medical bills..and most of americans call em selves canadians over seas cos pple hate and spit in ur faces 🙂

      January 18, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply
      • WellSaid

        Very well said.

        January 18, 2012 at 11:57 am |


    January 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  6. ed

    The Harper regime is very unpopular. Canadians have been embarrassed by this current "governments" bizarre antiCanandian behaviour. The Harper regime has also mocked and denied disabled and injured veterans/troops. The mass demoralization of Canadians has led to a less than eager commitment to the country. I believe this is the root of what is going on here: pure disillusionment with the Harper regime.

    January 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • sixback

      Jeeesz, What boat did you just trot off of?

      Morale in the CDN forces has never been higher.
      The Army has been picking and choosing its recruits for the last 10 years.
      The airforce is getting new fighters – F35s. Updated tankers to fuel them. Just bought new Chinooks, C130Js and C17s and converted their P3/Auroras into sophisticated battle management platforms. Our Agusta/Westland SAR Comormonts now have a large parts supply thanks to Pres. Obama and his marine one fiasco. Thxs for the 9 shiny new marine ones guys. Plus we have 28 new anti-submarine helos joining the fleet when the bugs are worked out.
      The Navy/CoastGuard just awarded a 31 billion shipbuilding contract for 21 capital warships, a Class 8 Polar Icebreaker, and 8 arctic patrol ships.
      The army finally has new tanks and new, better IFVs are on the way to replace our worn out Lav3s.

      These days it don't get any better in the CF. Plus unification of the forces is now dead, long live the RCN, RCAF and Army.

      Go hang out in Kitimat and wait for the Northern Gateway Oil Sands Pipeline to run you over.

      January 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • Canadian

      Ed if you are another Canadian then you are a moron. If anything Canadians are the happy with the current government, and if you are a new Canadian why did you come to my country if everyone is so demoralized. I am sure there are plenty of Canadians and our cousins in the United States who would like to give you a good sh%t kicking. Again I cannot say it enough moron moron moron takr your comments and shove them where the sun doesnt shine you asshole!!!!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Reply
    • Screw the NDP

      The "Harper regime", thanks to the implosion of the Liberal party and the passing of "Saint Jack", have no one to stop them from taking the next election. Liberal governments treated the Canadian Forces and their personnel like crap for decades – nothing new here.

      January 18, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
    • TheWiz71

      Even if this had anything to do with the "Harper" government (which it doesn't) – military officers do not have the right to question orders (as long as said orders do not call on them to break the law) from elected officials. The Queen, through the Governor General, is the Commander in Chief, and she entrusts her government (elected by the people) to exercise her command in the best interest of the country. The second we have military personnel violating their oaths of allegiance, violating standards of conduct, and violating orders, you have a direct threat not just to Canadian security and alliances, but to Canadian democracy itself.

      January 18, 2012 at 8:42 am | Reply
  7. evansdailygrind

    As a Canadian, I would like to see this guy hung for treason. Also, just wanted to point out that he does not represent the usual Canadian, we're not all treasonous spies.

    January 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
    • Screw the NDP

      Speak for yourself. I, for one, intend to sell our hockey secrets to the highest bidder.

      January 18, 2012 at 12:27 am | Reply
      • bub

        Make him spend quality time with the Liberace of Hockey, Don Cherry.

        There, the secrets out.

        January 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm |

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