Navy officer who sold secrets to Russia apologizes to children and family

HALIFAX – A Halifax navy intelligence officer who sold secrets to Russia has apologized to his children and family, saying he is sorry for the pain he caused them.

Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle offered the apology just before his sentencing hearing in Halifax provincial court wrapped up today.

The judge presiding over the case has reserved a sentencing decision until next Friday.

The Crown is seeking a sentence of at least 20 years in prison.

The defence says Delisle should be given a sentence of nine to 10 years.

Delise has pleaded guilty to breach of trust and communicating information to a foreign entity that could harm Canada’s interests.

In an agreed statement of facts, Delisle admits he sold secrets to the Russians for nearly $72,000.

He is the first person to be sentenced under Canada’s Security of Information Act, which was passed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.