Crown agrees to release redacted warrants in Delisle spy case

HALIFAX – The federal Crown has consented to unsealing redacted versions of three search warrants used to obtain evidence against a navy intelligence officer who pleaded guilty last month to passing military secrets to Russia.

The application to obtain the warrants was made by the CBC.

A provincial court judge in Halifax ruled Thursday that vetted versions of the documents should be released but they weren’t immediately made available to all news outlets.

Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle pleaded guilty in October to passing information to a foreign entity and breach of trust for selling classified information from 2007 to 2012. He will be sentenced Jan. 10.

Delisle worked as a threat-assessment analyst at a highly secretive military facility in Halifax.

The classified information he had access to was shared by the so-called Five Eyes group, which includes Canada, Great Britain, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

The documents to be released Thursday include the information used by the police to obtain the warrants, the warrants themselves and documents that list the evidence obtained.

Monica McQueen, the senior Crown counsel handling the case, said the redacted portions include details about investigative techniques and matters pertaining to national security.

“Relatively small amounts have been redacted,” she said outside the courtroom.

David Coles, the lawyer for the CBC, said the information is important because it ensures an open court system.

“Any judicial process should be open to scrutiny,” he said outside the court. “I’m satisfied that they do disclose a lot of detail.”

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