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article imageCanadian Naval Officer arrested for selling secrets

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 17, 2012 in Crime
A Canadian navy intelligence officer has been arrested for selling secrets to a "foreign entity or terrorist group" under the country's Security of Information Act.. The arrest took place on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 in Halifax.
Sub-lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle, 40, who has been a member of Canada's armed forces since 1996, was arrested without incident. The day following his arrest there was a bail hearing where his lawyer asked for longer time to review evidence, so the hearing was re-set for next week, on Jan. 25. Delisle will remain behind bars at least until then.
No threat to public safety
The official wording of the act says that Delisle allegedly passed secrets to a "foreign entity or terrorist group." Widely reported in newspapers in the country, the arrest is for incidents that allegedly occurred between July of 2007 and mid-January of 2011. These incidences are said to have occurred in Ottawa and Kingston in Ontario and in Halifax and Bedford in Nova Scotia; Delisle lives in Bedford.
The commissioner of the RCMP, Bob Paulson, issued a statement from his office in Ottawa that said, in part, that there was no threat to public safety from the incident; he did not give specific reasons for the charges. The section of the Security of Information Act under which the charge has been made was established after the attacks in New York on 9/11 and it is the first time the country has charged anyone under this section of the act.
"This investigation demonstrates that Canada is not immune to threats posed by foreign entities wishing to undermine Canadian sovereignty," Paulson said in his statement. "We must be ever vigilant to the real threat of foreign espionage, and continue investing time and resources into the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of such acts."
Defense Lawyer: No rush to judgement
During the hearing on the 17th for bail, the officer did not appear in the courtroom but remained in a holding cell. After the hearing was re-set for next week, the lawyer for the accused, Cameron MacKeen, told a crowd of reporters outside the courtroom not to rush to judgement.
“People have to realize there's a presumption of innocence in this country,” MacKeen said.
Delisle worked at a naval communications and intelligence section in Halifax called the Trinity section and the Halifax Chronicle-Herald reported that Department of Defence sources said the Trinity sections "is a multinational operation with access to secret data from NATO countries."
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